ST. GEORGE, Utah — Police said a homemade explosive device was the item discovered in a backpack at Pine View High School Monday, that forced the evacuation of the school. Police said if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death. Police have a suspect in custody.
A warrant served at the male juvenile's home and items were found consistent with the materials used to build the device. Police also said the suspect had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization.
The boy has not been identified but police said he was attending a class at Pine View.
The suspect was arrested and faces charges of manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. More charges may be pending, according to police.
It was determined that if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death.
The device was disarmed and the suspect identified. The suspect is a juvenile male who was attending a class at Pine View High School.
NEW: @sgcitypubsafety is charging the suspects "failed attempt to detonate a homemade explosive" inside Pine View High School yesterday with:— D.J. Bolerjack (@DJBolerjack) March 6, 2018
76-10-402: Manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction prohibited.
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