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UPDATED: June 7, 2014 2:01 p.m.

LARGO, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A second man has been arrested and charged in the “bottle bomb” movie theater incident in Prince George’s County.

Michael Sean Hollingsworth, 23, of Takoma Park, was arrested and charged Friday.

Hollingsworth has been charged with manufacture/possession/distribution of a destructive device and destructive device conspiracy, both felony crimes, for his involvement in the May 24 bottle bomb attack at the Magic Johnson Theater in Largo. Both charges carry a 25 year jail sentence and $250,000 in fines.

On June 1, police arrested 20-year-old Manuel Joyner, of Bowie, after confessing to setting off bottle bombs in six incidents at five movie theaters in Virginia and Maryland.

Investigators suspect that Hollingsworth was Bell’s accomplice in all six of the incidents, said Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County, Maryland, fire department spokesman. Hollingsworth could face additional charges in other jurisdictions, Brady said.

A bottle bomb is a crude device that’s made by combining an acid and a base inside a sealed plastic bottle, causing it to explode. It can be made with household products such as baking soda and vinegar. No one was injured in the movie theater explosions, but authorities have said people could have been hurt by flying plastic, by the acid inside or during the panic that ensued after the explosions.

Investigators developed Hollingsworth as a suspect after Bell was arrested, Brady said Saturday. While Bell was charged in Maryland with detonating an explosive device, Hollingsworth was not, but he was charged with manufacture and possession of such a device, as well as conspiracy.

“Our arrest today is more of an accessory, a conspirator,” Brady said. “He was the wheel man or the driver for the No. 1 suspect.”

A man who answered the phone at the home of Hollingsworth’s mother on Saturday morning said she was not available. Hollingsworth’s grandfather declined to comment.

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