Teen arrested for having pipe bombs, improvised grenade

Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with two pipe bombs and an improvised grenade allegedly found in his backpack at his home.

The unnamed youth has been charged with one count of misconduct involving weapons, third degree, and misconduct involving a controlled substance, sixth degree, police said. A small quantity of marijuana was discovered in his possession, police said.

The teen, a student at West High School, has possessed the explosive devices on school grounds, police said.

"Today, ASD staff conducted locker searches of specific individuals at the school and found nothing suspicious," said Carol Comeau, Anchorage School District superintendent. "Students who may have knowledge of this incident are being interviewed by police, and any involved students have been placed on emergency suspension pending the outcome of this police investigation. We will be notifying WHS parents of this incident in an attempt to relieve any concerns they may have."

The case started with a call at 1:16 p.m. Sunday from a man who lives in the 700 block of Westbury Drive. He said he had found what he thought might be explosive devices in his son's backpack. He removed the objects to a shed, police said.

A police explosives and ordinance disposal team took several hours removing the devices and making them safe, police said.

The teen has be placed in McLaughlin Youth Center, police said.

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