Police say 15-year-old tried to make pipe bomb in class

Friday, October 31, 2008 | 5:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A 15-year-old Hickman High School student was caught trying to make pipe bombs Friday morning in his shop class, a Columbia Police Department news release said.

At about 9:45 a.m., a teacher noticed the student drilling a hole into a lead pipe cap and sent him to the office. A search of the student and his belongings revealed three CO2 cartridges, fuse line, three lead pipe caps and black powder, which Sgt. Eric White said was most likely gunpowder. He said the student had enough materials to make three pipe bombs.

Lab tests will be administered to determine whether the substance is gunpowder, White said.

Police later identified a second student, also 15, who brought the explosive materials to school, the release stated.

Columbia police do not think the students intended to use the explosive devices at school or to harm anyone. White said that, through interviews, police learned that the students intended to use the pipe bombs as entertainment for a Halloween party to be hosted by one of the students Friday.

Both students were arrested for class C felony possession of an explosive device and were handed over to juvenile authorities, the release said.

Lynn Barnett, assistant superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, said both students have been suspended, but she could not say for how long.

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Ray Shapiro November 1, 2008 | 2:31 p.m.

Columbia police do not think the students intended to use the explosive devices at school or to harm anyone.

--But pipe bombs have been known to go off unexpectedly...

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