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Centre Hall couple indicted after home explosion

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined state police and Centre County officials to investigate a Centre Hall home explosion.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined state police and Centre County officials to investigate a Centre Hall home explosion. jboogert@centredaily.com

Another person is facing legal action following the Centre Hall home explosion.

James Woodring, 50, of Centre Hall, is facing federal charges for allegedly manufacturing and dealing explosives without a license, transporting explosive materials, possessing a firearm as a prohibited person and possessing a stolen firearm. He was arrested Friday, two days after an explosion rocked his home.

Christina Woodring, 34, was also indicted, accused of conspiring to manufacture and deal explosives and related offenses, according to a Department of Justice release.

The release said the indictment alleges that the Woodrings “conspired to purchase and transport commercial grade fireworks, to increase the fireworks’ power and volatility and sell them, all without a license.”

James Woodring also allegedly possessed a stolen semi-automatic pistol, a shotgun, a pump rifle and rifle. A previously convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.

James Woodring was released on the conditions of wearing an electronic monitor and home detention, and Christina Woodring was released without conditions, according to Dawn Mayko, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office

Federal court records available online did not show the case against Christina Woodring, or where in the judicial process her case stands.

Local officials began an investigation with the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on Thursday to determine the origination and cause of the explosion at the house at 411 S. Pennsylvania Ave. It is still not determined what caused the explosion.

Resident Agent in Charge John Oakey, with the ATF’s Harrisburg field office, said his agents joined state police and Centre County fire officials in the investigation. He said there was “extensive damage” inside the home.

Two adults and an adolescent were in the home at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when the explosion occurred. They were each treated and released, according to Oakey.

Oakey said the home is uninhabitable. He also said there is no existing danger to the public and that the house is cordoned off to preserve the scene.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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