Students accused of bottle bombing; teacher doing OK

By MELISSA ARNOLD and GAYLE COULTER State Journal Published:

Two Bondurant Middle School male students are in juvenile custody today on felony charges after allegedly throwing a homemade bomb into the hallway that exploded onto a teacher.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Ted Collins, the two apparently mixed explosive chemicals in a plastic bottle and on Tuesday threw it in a hallway at Bondurant. The bottle did not immediately explode but fizzled. A male teacher saw the bottle and when he set it up, it exploded.

"Some type of container was in the hallway at Bondurant," Collins said. "A teacher saw this bottle. No students were around. This bottle was moving around on the hallway floor and the teacher thought that was unusual so he stopped and looked at it. When it was set upright, it began to expand, and the teacher heard a noise, like a whistling noise, and saw the bottle expanding. He was quick enough to turn away and as he turned away, it exploded onto the side of his face and his clothing."

The teacher, whom Collins declined to identify, immediately went to the restroom and splashed his face with water. He went home and bathed and changed his clothes, Collins said, and reported experiencing some burning. "But he seems to be recovering well," Collins told The State Journal today.

Collins said Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Carrier, a school resource officer at Bondurant, investigated the incident Tuesday and identified the juveniles he believes made the bomb.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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