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Sheriff: Four charged with disorderly conduct after explosion, fire in Seneca County

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says his office investigated the report of an explosion on Sunday, which came in around 9 p.m.

Deputies responded to a field in the area of Zwick and Designer roads in the town of Fayette for the report of an explosion. It was heard from miles away, according to Sheriff Luce. It also caused a corn field to catch on fire.

Following an investigation, it was determined that some individuals used ‘Tannerite’ to ignite a mixture of gasoline and diesel fuel to cause the explosion and subsequent fire.

“Tannerite is a brand name for a legal two part explosive commonly used for rifle targets, that when used as intended, will not start fires,” Sheriff Luce explained. “When used improperly and mixed with other substances, this can make for a very dangerous situation.”

As result of the investigation deputies charged Shane Horning, 21, of Clyde, Sheldon Wise, 20, of Waterloo, Matthew Martin, 18, of Fayette, and Delmar Zimmerman, 19, of Seneca Falls with disorderly conduct.

They were issued appearance tickets, which means the charges will be answered in Fayette Town Court.

The Fayette Fire Department assisted.