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Missoula man charged with causing explosion at ATM

November 8, 2019
Police officers investigate an automated teller machine that exploded at the First Security Bank in Missoula, Mont., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Two people have been detained. Witnesses reported seeing a man in a gray minivan pour liquid on the ATM and ignite it, causing an explosion. The ATM was damaged, but no injuries were reported. (Tommy Martino/The Missoulian via AP)
Police officers investigate an automated teller machine that exploded at the First Security Bank in Missoula, Mont., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Two people have been detained. Witnesses reported seeing a man in a gray minivan pour liquid on the ATM and ignite it, causing an explosion. The ATM was damaged, but no injuries were reported. (Tommy Martino/The Missoulian via AP)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man is charged with arson after an automated teller machine at a Missoula bank was set on fire.

Court records say 57-year-old Guy Culligan told investigators the ATM at First Security Bank took another person’s bank card as he tried to use it Thursday. A witness said Culligan poured gasoline on the ATM and ignited it causing an explosion that blew out the windows on Culligan’s van. The ATM was valued at $30,000.

When police found Culligan his facial hair was singed.

KGVO-AM reports Culligan made an initial court appearance Friday and did not enter a plea.

Judge Alex Beal rejected a public defender’s request to release Culligan without bond so he could receive medical treatment outside the jail. Culligan’s bail was kept at $50,000. His next court date is Nov. 18.

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Information from: KGVO-AM, http://www.kgvo1290.com