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(COCHRANVILLE, Pa.) — Twin brothers were arrested for setting off improvised explosive devices in various locations in two Pennsylvania counties that destroyed several buildings, authorities said.

The district attorney’s office in Chester County announced Tuesday the arrests of Daniel and Caleb Tate, both 22 years old, of Linmar Road in Cochranville. The two were charged with arson by explosion, arson by possession of explosive devices, conspiracy, theft, and related charges.

According to a criminal affidavit, the Tates were home from school during winter break last December when the incidents occurred. The brothers allegedly made bombs from such materials as metal pipes, propane canisters, and fuel containers.

Between Dec. 20 and Dec. 31 of last year, the twins detonated the devices that damaged a mailbox, a phone shed, a produce shed, and a well pump shed in five different locations throughout Chester and Lancaster counties, said the D.A.

“We live in a world where the thought of bombs exploding around us is a very real fear,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan in a statement. “These defendants brought that fear to our region during a two-week crime spree where they detonated multiple IEDs.”

No one was hurt during the incidents, which took place in the early morning.

The D.A. also said that the Pennsylvania State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the matter.

According to the D.A., Daniel Tate is a student at Pepperdine University in California, and Caleb Tate is a student at Belmont University in Tennessee.

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