A 13-year-old boy's explanation about a sharpened letter opener and some explosives components in his backpack didn't impress Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell Wednesday in juvenile court.
Hagerstown City Police stopped the boy at mid-day on March 16 on South Burhans Boulevard - a school day, according to Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum.
He told police he was having trouble with his mother's boyfriend and was going to live with his father, Lochbaum said.
A check of his backpack turned up a sharpened letter opener, lighter fluid, some caps and several hundred match heads in a container. There also were several rubber Halloween masks.