Park-goer apologizes after ‘Brooklyn blast’

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On Monday July 22, 2013, 49-year-old Michael Moore pleaded "not guilty" to charges of Manufacturing and Possessing a Destructive Device, Menacing and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He made his plea by courtroom video. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The man accused of bringing an improvised explosive and two handguns to a southeast Portland park Sunday made his first court appearance Monday.

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Brooklyn Park, 1001 SE Haig St., in the hours after the report of a man making threats with a gun July 21, 2013. (KOIN 6 News, Matt Bell)

Police said Brooklyn Park visitors stopped passing officers, saying Michael Moore pulled a gun on a passerby while playing basketball in the park. Portland police responded and searched a bag believed to belong to Moore. Police said the bag was packed with two handguns and a homemade explosive that included some sort of black powder.

On Monday Moore, 49, pleaded “not guilty” to charges of Manufacturing and Possessing a Destructive Device, Menacing and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He made his pleading by courtroom video.

He also said he was sorry for what happened.

Brooklyn Park was closed while the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit blew up the “small homemade explosive device in a small plastic bottle” just to be safe, the Portland Police Bureau reported Sunday.

“It’s not something you’d want to stand over when it went off,” said a Portland officer at the scene.

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