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Student Charged For Detonating Explosive Device

February 14th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, at approximately 7:35 a.m., a student who attends the Center for Career and Technical Education (home school Fort Hill, which is a transportation transfer point) detonated an explosive device across the street from Fort Hill High School prior to boarding the bus bound for the Career Center.  Deputies from the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office were at Fort Hill High School on an unrelated incident, and while at this location, one of the deputies observed this student, who has been identified as a seventeen year old from Oldtown, Maryland, toss an item in the air, which landed and then exploded.  Parts of the explosive device were recovered at the scene. As a result, the juvenile was arrested and charged with did knowingly manufacture, transport, possess, control, store, use a destructive device and reckless endangerment. He was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Services and has been detained.  A further investigation revealed that the student transported the home-made explosive device on the school bus from his residence in Oldtown, MD, to Fort Hill High School. There were no injuries and no damage to the school, and evacuation procedures were not necessary.  The Cumberland City School Resource Officer also assisted in the case.  The student will also be disciplined in accordance with the Board of Education’s policy on student discipline. 

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