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Boy faces bomb charges

February 10, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A 17-year-old Franklin County, Pa., boy faces charges in connection with the explosion of several pipe bombs in the Village of Markes in Peters Township last week, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The 17-year-old is charged with one count each of causing or risking catastrophe, possession of prohibited offensive weapons, bomb threats and recklessly endangering another in connection with the Feb. 1 incident, police said.

A resident reported hearing a series of explosions, including one that destroyed a mailbox, police said. Another resident found an unexploded pipe bomb and notified police.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team from the Pennsylvania National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., responded and deactivated the bomb and turned it over to police, police said.

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During the week, further explosives were reported and investigated in the Village of Markes.

On Friday, police searched the juvenile's Mercersburg Road residence and removed several items of evidence, police said.

The teen was turned over to Franklin County Juvenile Probation and placed in secure custody at Abraxas detention center, police said.

Police are continuing to investigate who supplied the juvenile with the materials to make the bombs.

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