Teens arrested with explosives at LaPorte County Fair

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

LAPORTE COUNTY LaPorte County police defused a dangerous situation Thursday night at the LaPorte County Fair.

At 9p.m., a concerned citizen told officers that a 16-year-old boy was carrying an explosive device, and that he planned to detonate it near the carnival rides. Officers quickly swept the fairgrounds and located the suspect, who was carrying a suspicious device in a backpack.

As they searched the suspect, another teen began to argue with police. They used pepper spray when he began to kick them. He was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, as well as battery to a police officer and resisting law enforcement. He was transported to the La Porte County Juvenile Services Center.

The suspicious device was removed from the populated area of the fairgrounds and the Porter County Bomb Squad was called to dismantle the device. Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) were also called.

Investigators say a second suspect was responsible for manufacturing the device. He was arrested at his home without incident.

One of the teens from La Porte, was charged with possession of a destructive device, a class “C” felony. The other was charged with manufacturing a destructive device, also a class “C” felony. Both were transported to the Juvenile Services Center.

No names have been released.

Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer praised the willingness of citizens to seek out Sheriff’s Deputies and report this information as their reports undoubtedly thwarted a violent tragedy from occurring at the heavily populated LaPorte County Fair.

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