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Boy charged in connection with fake pipe bomb incident

June 25, 2012

A 12-year-old boy was charged Monday in the investigation of a fake explosive device that was found near a Sharpsburg street last week, investigators said.

During an interview, the boy confessed to constructing the device, and to causing damage to a victim’s car by scratching a profanity into the paint of the vehicle, according to a news release from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office.

First believed to be an undetonated pipe bomb, the device was found by a property owner mowing his lawn in the 200 block of South Mechanic Street on June 21, investigators said.

A bomb squad was called in and a robot was used to make sure the device posed no danger. Authorities determined that the device was made to look like a pipe bomb, but did not have explosive material inside.

No injuries were reported in the incident, and a motive was not determined after speaking with the juvenile, investigators said.

The boy was charged with constructing a phony device and was taken to the Western Maryland Children’s Center, where he was awaiting review by the Department of Juvenile Services.

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