DENVER (AP) — A former hippie who pleaded guilty to leaving a homemade bomb with a powerful explosive outside the police department to avenge a friend’s death from the 1970s in a Colorado mountain town is set to be sentenced Thursday.

The bomb was discovered in 2016 in a backpack just outside the front door to the station in a strip mall that also houses a school, a diner and other businesses in Nederland.

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(credit: CBS)

It never detonated on its own even though investigators say David Ansberry tried to trigger it by calling a cell phone attached to the device, which contained a peroxide-based compound, HMDT, that is prone to explode if exposed to heat or friction.

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David Michael Ansberry (credit: CBS)

Since the device was intentionally detonated by authorities, Ansberry’s lawyers say it’s not known how much HMDT was present.

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