Five Indicted in Ohio Bridge Bomb Plot

May 3, 2012 Updated: May 3, 2012

Five men who were arrested earlier this week for plotting to blow up a bridge in northeast Ohio were formally indicted on Thursday, it was reported.

The five—three of which described themselves as anarchists—were arrested on Monday. They were charged with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive material to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce, according to the FBI.

The indictments charged the men, aged 20 to 35, of conspiring to use eight packages of C-4 explosives to blow up the Ohio 82 Bridge by sending text messages through a cellphone, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

However, the bombs were inert and were designed by the FBI to look genuine, the newspaper reported. An undercover FBI agent sold the devices to the men for $900.

The men attempted to blow up the bridge, which failed, and called the agent to confirm the access code. After that, FBI agents made the arrests.