Skip to comments.Teen boy says he made explosive devices (TN)
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.
Theres no ID for this kide but...
Murfreesboro is where the big mosque is being built
Somebody taught him how to make them...
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.
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.
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.
we all made black powder and made it go boom.....no
I always wanted a “Big Bang Carbide Cannon” as a kid. Nice way to control your acetylene explosions. Never got one, though.
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 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)
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.
Here’s our next real problem:
This days I dream of building a trebuchet for chucking big rocks out into the center of the lake.
I learned this from 'Stalag 17'.
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!
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.
Well... was it as cool as it sounds? Who cares if it was a good idea or not!
“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.
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.
The injuries were all fairly minor so I declared it to be cool.
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.
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.
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