City police investigate attempted arson at TMHS

Authorities also seize suspicious bottle at JDHS; incidents appear unrelated

Posted: Monday, January 11, 2010

Authorities are investigating two incidents at local high schools that occurred on the same day but appear unrelated, police said.

An attempted arson on the grounds of Thunder Mountain High School involved someone trying to light a fire in several garbage cans. School administrators reported it to police at about 11:20 a.m.

A second call came Friday afternoon from Juneau-Douglas High School, where a teacher reported a large plastic bottle containing suspicious liquid left behind by a student in a classroom.

Police said both cases are under investigation.

At TMHS, two crude, homemade incendiary devices were found in two garbage cans by a Capital City Fire Rescue fire Marshall and officers from Juneau Police Department.

"The devices had what appeared to be fuses that had been lit, however the devices did not burn as intended and failed to ignite any other garbage inside the cans," police said in a statement.

No property damage was reported.

The student who had been in possession of the bottle at JDHS made suspicious statements referencing it before leaving the classroom without it, a teacher told police.

The report from JDHS was given to a JPD school resource officer at about 4 p.m. The bottle was examined and seized into evidence by JPD's Explosives Ordinance Disposal Team.

Officers identified a 14-year-old student as a person of interest in the case at JDHS.

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