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Teen Sets Off Homemade Bomb at Eugene High School

The device had the capacity to cause serious injury, fortunately no one was injured and no damage was done to the building structure police said.

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Photo: Eugene Police Department

(EUGENE) - Eugene Police arrested a 15-year-old Willamette High School sophomore after he allegedly detonated a homemade explosive device in a trash can in the locker bay.

Eugene police say a school resource officer was at the high school at the time of the explosion, and quickly responded to the scene to secure the area while additional officers and the Eugene Metro Explosives Disposal Unit arrived.

In order to ensure that the school and its students were safe, officers and school officials initiated a school lockdown that kept students in their classrooms while the locker bay, hallways, and other common areas were searched for additional devices.

After the school was thoroughly searched and determined to be safe, the lockdown was lifted and the normal class schedule resumed around 1:30 PM, police said.

The suspect was quickly identified by police, and arrested just after 2:00 PM.

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Ashley April 19, 2007 2:19 pm (Pacific time)

I am also a sophmore here at willamette, and to say, we did have quite a big scare yesterday. I was in my wood tech class when we got one of the first announcements that an explosive device went off in my locker bay. but everything is going good and we are back to regular schedule!

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