- A high school student in Utah left a backpack containing a homemade bomb in the lunch area
- The male suspect has been arrested and charged for manufacturing, possessing, and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction
- No injuries were reported as a result of the incident
A high school student from St. George, Utah has been arrested for manufacturing, possessing, and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction after Pine View High students spotted a “suspicious backpack” on campus containing a homemade bomb, police said Tuesday.
“After examining the device, bomb squad members indicated that if it had detonated, the device had the potential to cause significant injury or death,” read a statement by the police.
“A warrant was served on the residence of that juvenile and items were located that were consistent with the materials used to build the device placed at Pine View. Based on our investigation we can confirm this was a failed attempt to detonate a homemade explosive at the school,” police wrote in a statement.
According to reports. St. George Police Department officers also believe the suspect is connected to a vandalizing incident at Hurricane High School last month by replacing the school’s American flag with an ISIS flag and painting “ISIS is comi—” on one of its exterior walls with graffiti.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.