UPDATE: Explosive found at fair sufficient to injure or kill - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

UPDATE: Explosive found at fair sufficient to injure or possibly kill


Two teens are in custody accused of trying to set off an explosive device at the LaPorte County Fair.  Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer told FOX28 News it was uncertain whether the teens would be tried as juveniles or as adults.

Several people reported a suspicious person with a possibly explosive device at the fair around 9:00pm on July 11.  A few minutes later, LaPorte County Sheriff's Deputies were able to find a suspect.

Deputies arrested the sixteen-year-old, and the Porter County Bomb Squad dismantled the device.  Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATF) to assist with the case.

Sheriff Mollenhauer said the explosive was believed to be sufficient to injure or possibly kill someone.

BATF investigators found a second suspect they believe is responsible for constructing the explosive.  The second suspect, also sixteen year old, was found at his home and arrested.

The first teen is charged with Possession of a Destructive Device.  The second is charged with Manufacturing a Destructive Device.  Both are being held in the Juvenile Services Center.

A third teen was also arrested in connection to the incident.  While the first teen was being arrested at the fair, this third teen reportedly got into an argument with Deputies.  He apparently kicked an officer while being arrested and was pepper sprayed by police. 

The third sixteen year old is charged with Battery of a Police Officer and Resisting Law Enforcement.  He is also being held in the LaPorte County Juvenile Services Center.

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