A Norton man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling pipe bombs to undercover federal agents.

Michael Billington, 36, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 find for violating federal firearms, explosives, and controlled substances laws a confidential informant cooperated with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, according to a statement released by US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.

Federal agents followed Billington to Rhode Island, where he allegedly purchased components and chemicals for the bombs. The informant arranged for Billington to assemble and sell them three bombs, one for $500 and two for $750, Ortiz’s office said.

According to the criminal complaint, the informant told Billington that they needed the bombs to destroy buildings and property to profit from insurance claims.

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