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Teen boy says he made explosive devices (TN)
ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | August 10, 2011 | AP/Staff

Posted on 08/10/2011 6:39:57 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A 13-year-old boy, responding to a traditional start-of-school assignment, says he spent his summer making explosive devices.

The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Wednesday the Smyrna boy was charged with manufacturing explosive devices, a felony.

Investigators said he had told his eighth-grade classmates, during the assignment at school, what he had done.

Deputies did not disclose the precise explosive devices.

The teacher alerted authorities who obtained consent from the boy's mother to search the family home. The devices were removed.

A Juvenile Court hearing for the boy is pending.


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Murfreesboro is south of Nashville about 20 miles along I-24

Theres no ID for this kide but...

Murfreesboro is where the big mosque is being built

Somebody taught him how to make them...

1 posted on 08/10/2011 6:39:59 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

Mom: Oh Mochtar...

Mochtar: Yes mommie.

Mom: Son, what are you up to?

Mochtar: I’m just finishing my studies for my mosque teen leader.

Mom: Okay sweetie, what are you studying this month?

Mochtar: We studying advanced IEDs. I’ve almost got it down pat.

Mom: Okay, great honey. Keep up the good work.


2 posted on 08/10/2011 6:47:10 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (The Destroyer is anti-US, the West, Christian, Israel, banks, W.S., Corps, & the free enterpr systm.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I wasn’t much older than that when we decided that acetylene bombs were cool and turning that old car into a really big acetylene bomb would be really cool.

The jury is still out on whether that was a good idea or not.


3 posted on 08/10/2011 6:50:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I’m sure none of the males on FR ever tinkered with pyrotechnics and explosives at age 13. Me...ammonium iodide back then. Fun stuff.


4 posted on 08/10/2011 6:51:49 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tennessee Nana

we all made black powder and made it go boom.....no
news here


5 posted on 08/10/2011 6:54:00 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: cripplecreek

I always wanted a “Big Bang Carbide Cannon” as a kid. Nice way to control your acetylene explosions. Never got one, though.


6 posted on 08/10/2011 6:54:10 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tennessee Nana

When I was 10 I discovered how to make black powder and I made it and things to use it with until I was in 8th grade and put away childish things. My younger brothers, as they hit the same age range liked to blow up things, too, and blew up ant beds and such. The youngest discovered what you could do by removing the stuff from the ends of a whole lot of big wooden matches. It was tedious but rewarding.


7 posted on 08/10/2011 6:57:43 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: cripplecreek

I know you are old and passed that stage but here’s how it is done.

Take a can with a snap in lid........ a paint can and punch a hole in the side near the top.

Add a few carbide rocks and a little water. Pound in the lid and place the can on the ground lid side down

Light the hole. (be sure to not stand directly over the soon to be elevated can)


8 posted on 08/10/2011 7:00:55 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: Tennessee Nana

What type of explosive devices? What were they made of? The reason I ask is because my brother and I(back in the late 1950s)use to make our own firecrackers and I can only think we would wind up in jail in this day and age doing the same thing. We made them every summer until in 1958 we started a grass fire with one of them. Luckily we were able to put it out before it spread to far. That was the end of our firecracker manufacturing, we learned our lesson and neither of us have made another one to this day.


9 posted on 08/10/2011 7:01:56 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Tennessee Nana

Here’s our next real problem:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2761959/posts


10 posted on 08/10/2011 7:02:19 PM PDT by GOPJ (The end of our great nation - caused by 'give it all away' dems. May dems reap what they sown...)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

This days I dream of building a trebuchet for chucking big rocks out into the center of the lake.


11 posted on 08/10/2011 7:02:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I liked the old 'stick the firecracker fuse in a lit cigarette' ploy. Depending in where you put it, you had up to a 3 or 4 minute delay.

I learned this from 'Stalag 17'.

12 posted on 08/10/2011 7:03:03 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Tennessee Nana

I did the same thing 65 years ago when you could buy all the ingredients at any druh store.

I made small bombs, firecrackers, and rockets.

It wasn’t illegal then!


13 posted on 08/10/2011 7:07:08 PM PDT by dalereed (uity wise!)
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To: arthurus
When I was 10 I discovered how to make black powder and I made it and things to use it with until I was in 8th grade and put away childish things. My younger brothers, as they hit the same age range liked to blow up things, too, and blew up ant beds and such. The youngest discovered what you could do by removing the stuff from the ends of a whole lot of big wooden matches. It was tedious but rewarding.

I thought I was the only one that would be confessing on this thread, but I underestimated FReepers! BTW, the old playing cards, the ones made out of cellulose could be used in a way to make things blow up also. Easier to do than using match heads.

As a point of interest, there was a guy in San Quentin(I believe that is the correct prison)who made a zip gun with a barrel made out of a curtain rod, used rectangular bullets and powered them with match heads. He killed a guard with it during an escape attempt.

This was back in the day and I forget the exact date.

14 posted on 08/10/2011 7:07:51 PM PDT by calex59
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To: cripplecreek

Well... was it as cool as it sounds? Who cares if it was a good idea or not!

LLS


15 posted on 08/10/2011 7:09:34 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: Ken H

“I liked the old ‘stick the firecracker fuse in a lit cigarette’ ploy”

We used ladyfingers.

They were 1/16 in diameter and 3/4 long with a 1” fuse.


16 posted on 08/10/2011 7:10:43 PM PDT by dalereed (uity wise!)
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To: bert

My dad used to talk about setting off carbide bombs when he was boy in the 1920s. This is the first I heard about them in a long time.


17 posted on 08/10/2011 7:12:43 PM PDT by virgil
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To: LibLieSlayer

The injuries were all fairly minor so I declared it to be cool.


18 posted on 08/10/2011 7:15:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: bert

However it was always hard to get ones hands on the saltpeter because, as we all know, it was copiously sprinkled over the school cafeteria food.


19 posted on 08/10/2011 7:16:31 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I remember doing a lot of things that would bring in the authorities in todays world including camping out alone on the lake for most of the summer with a rifle. That would get a Children Services call in this age.

This doesn't say if the kids made this stuff for the typical backyard "hey lets see what happens" or if he had some real serious issues.

20 posted on 08/10/2011 7:16:46 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Once upon a time, before everyone in America got ants in their pants, ALL boys made their own explosives.

Now, of course, no one can even ride a bike without a crash helmet.

Sign of the times.


21 posted on 08/10/2011 7:19:06 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: arthurus
Spent .22 rounds with a match tip inside made a big bang for me using a hammer
when I was about the same age. Fun stuff.
22 posted on 08/10/2011 7:27:38 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: arthurus

Powdered magnesium on ant hills when I was in sixth grade. Also gunpowder with my Junior Chemistry Set; lot of ants died.


23 posted on 08/10/2011 7:29:23 PM PDT by pankot
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To: Tennessee Nana

Some homeschoolers I know were arrested several years ago because they were making experiments on the front lawn with - wait for it - vinegar and baking soda for their schoolwork.

They were actually arrested for making explosive devices. The cops kept the kids a day in jail. Thank heavens someone knew a lawyer. I’m talking about young teens.

I know it sounds like bizarro world, but it wasn’t . It was here, in the South, in America.


24 posted on 08/10/2011 7:30:46 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Boom


25 posted on 08/10/2011 7:31:23 PM PDT by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: Tennessee Nana

There is also another huge mosque going in where a movie theater used to be in Antioch. South Nashville. Not too awfully far from the mega-mosque in Mosqueboro, I mean Murfreesboro.

Its kinda like the movie Red Dawn. Only its Red Crescent Dawn.

We’re surrounded. Pretty soon I’m going to have to start wearing a burqa to get in and out of the area.


26 posted on 08/10/2011 7:31:52 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt Hole. From Hezbollah Hobbitt)
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To: Tennessee Nana

There is also another huge mosque going in where a movie theater used to be in Antioch. South Nashville. Not too awfully far from the mega-mosque in Mosqueboro, I mean Murfreesboro.

Its kinda like the movie Red Dawn. Only its Red Crescent Dawn.

We’re surrounded. Pretty soon I’m going to have to start wearing a burqa to get in and out of the area.


27 posted on 08/10/2011 7:32:07 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt Hole. From Hezbollah Hobbitt)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep... as I thought... how could it not be?!

LLS


28 posted on 08/10/2011 7:34:10 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: MaxMax

When I was 8, I brought a sledge hammer down on an entire coiled roll of caps on the garage floors. I really think that explosion is why I have tinnitus today. It was staggering.


29 posted on 08/10/2011 7:34:20 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: LibLieSlayer

City kids and modern kids have no clue about the cool dangers they missed.

What we did was got a huge plastic bag from a factory in town. We took the seats out of the car and laid the bag inside and filled it with acetylene and oxygen. We used a spark plug to ignite it.

It blew all the windows out, popped the trunk and laid the grass flat for 50 yards around. About a half hour later a county cop rolled by a couple of times real slow.


30 posted on 08/10/2011 7:41:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Funny thing is that at that time we were very likely listening to exactly this same music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0UoyN_Ends&feature=player_embedded


31 posted on 08/10/2011 7:45:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Geez....we built pipe bomb divot diggers we electrically ignited with 120v 60HZ in the back yard....we graduated to one gallon gas cans...with gasoline vapor ..and 22cal rifle igniter!!!

AMAZING...absolutely AMAZING we made in through adolescence and out the other side of teenagedom...especially in the jalopies we had with more motor than brakes..and certainly no airbags or ABS!!!


32 posted on 08/10/2011 7:49:02 PM PDT by mo
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To: Tennessee Nana

Felony, you say? I’m glad there’s a statute of limitations.


33 posted on 08/10/2011 7:49:57 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

His “explosive” was probably black powder. And don’t assume he is Muslim, a good friend of mine said that he was fascinated by explosives as a kid and made some nitroglycerin in his grandfather’s walk in cooler. It’s a wonder he didn’t kill himself.


34 posted on 08/10/2011 7:50:45 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: cripplecreek

Hee hee... gotta love it!

LLS!


35 posted on 08/10/2011 8:00:33 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: cripplecreek

Thermite pipe bombs....Wow did they blow!


36 posted on 08/10/2011 8:04:57 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I always wanted a “Big Bang Carbide Cannon” as a kid.

Still have the big one I inherited from my Dad. LOUD!

37 posted on 08/10/2011 8:06:32 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Tennessee Nana

Can they punish you retroactively? If so, at age 66, I’m in a helluva lot of trouble ...


38 posted on 08/10/2011 8:21:12 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: dalereed

LOL. Good grief, any high school chemistry student can — and DID — that back in the day. And, some of them did bigger stuff than that. It ain’t rocket science.

When the hell are we gonna stop going ape every time what used to be fairly routine kid stuff turns into a freaking FELONY. My God, the world has gone slap nuts and doing its best to turn little boys into little girls.

Maybe that’s what happened to Obozo.


39 posted on 08/10/2011 8:29:28 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: arthurus
...The youngest discovered what you could do by removing the stuff from the ends of a whole lot of big wooden matches. It was tedious but rewarding.

In the 8th grade I had a booming little business selling modified motorcycle spokes bent into the shape of a gun and powered with the tops of matches. Unfortunately, word got back to the principal. Business closed.

40 posted on 08/10/2011 8:30:01 PM PDT by OldPossum
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41 posted on 08/10/2011 8:35:20 PM PDT by RedMDer (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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To: mo
At 13, I lived in Alaska. Lots of people reloaded their own ammo, so gunpowder was pretty easy to get your hands on. My best friend's dad was a plumber, so we made pipe bombs. Used fire cracker fuses and my old rocket launching equipment to set them off. We'd bury them under stumps where the loggers had clear cut an area and blow the stumps right out of the ground.

I once made a bomb with white gas and it went off with a mushroom fireball 75 feet high. Loads of fun.

42 posted on 08/10/2011 8:39:49 PM PDT by Teotwawki (To Him be the glory throughout all generations.)
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To: dalereed

Back in the seventies, I broke open a bottle rocket and sprinkled all the goodie into a half filled ashtray, then waited for my dad to come by and crush out his cigarette. The ashtray fizzled a bit then let loose a mighty “PHWOOMP!!!”. Dad was pissed for a moment, then he started laughing as hard as i was. He even took a couple of bottle rockets to work with him the next day.


43 posted on 08/10/2011 8:40:38 PM PDT by acad1228 (Palin/Watts in 2012!!!)
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To: pankot
I am greatly surprised that that I made it out of childhood with most of my original pieces still attached once I started experimenting with my Junior Chemistry Lab. In todays society I would have ended up serving several life sentences.
44 posted on 08/10/2011 8:42:02 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: cripplecreek

Once upon a time, making a boom was a sort of right of passage, certainly not against the law like it is now.
Older Britannica’s give very good directions for several types of H.E.
If my kids did what I, and my father before me, did...

But we are all so much safer in 2011 than 1980, don’t you know.


45 posted on 08/10/2011 9:17:58 PM PDT by Apogee
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To: bert

We used to use metal tennis ball cans, one for a gas chamber and one with a ball in it. Loads of fun.


46 posted on 08/10/2011 9:20:09 PM PDT by Apogee
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To: Tennessee Nana

When I was a kid we would mix gasoline and powdered chlorine. Couldn’t make it blow up, but that stuff burned. I think we were eleven or twelve. We weren’t stupid enough to tell a adult what we were doing.


47 posted on 08/10/2011 9:25:06 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (George Lopez is the black hole of funny. Nothing funny can escape his suck.)
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To: Apogee
,,,one with a ball in it. Loads of fun. Especially if you soaked the ball in flammable liquid first:)
48 posted on 08/10/2011 9:31:36 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Tennessee Nana
A 13-year-old boy, .... spent his summer making explosive devices

When did this become NEWS?

49 posted on 08/10/2011 9:41:49 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes, but you didn’t plan on using that knowledge to take out as many innocent U.S. Citizens as you could.


50 posted on 08/11/2011 12:11:29 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (The Destroyer is anti-US, the West, Christian, Israel, banks, W.S., Corps, & the free enterpr systm.)
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