2 charged with weapons of mass destruction after explosives found near Logan Square

Brian Larue and Eric Murray
Brian Larue (left) and Eric Murray are charged with possession of weapons of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe, after police found a propane tank, torch and explosives inside their car near Logan Square on Oct. 28, 2020. Photo credit Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities have charged two men with possession of weapons of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe after police found a propane tank, torch and explosives inside their car near Logan Square Wednesday night.

Police later searched the home of one of the two men, identified as Brian Larue and Eric Murray.

“Our search recovered 26 additional illegal explosive devices, similar to those found in Larue’s van, as well as two 12-gauge loaded shotguns,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

“Philadelphia police followed a caravan of cars, including this van in question, from the City Avenue Marriott to Logan Circle,” he continued. “They executed a stop and found inside a significant amount of explosive devices, which are illegal under Pennsylvania law.”

Shapiro said Larue and Murray are expected to face more charges.

The incident occurred during ongoing civil unrest over the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.