Bomb scare at LaPorte County Fair

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

Two teens were arrested for possession of an explosive device on the LaPorte County fairgrounds.

The fair is closed but last Thursday night police were tipped off with two phones calls.

They were told one teen had a backpack with a device that had a large number of fireworks bundled together.

After they found the teen a search was executed at another teen's house where the explosive device was allegedly made.

Police say the two learned how to make the device on the internet and planned to place it by one of the rides with the intent on injuring several people.

“It saddens me that in LaPorte County at a county fair where people are having fun and riding rides, people are looking at 4-H exhibits, that you've got some individual that is deviant enough to evidently get this manufactured,” says Sheriff Mike Mollenhauer.

Officers working the fair were able to locate the backpack in seven minutes. Both teens are charged with possession of a destructive device, a class "C" felony.

Nicholas T. Otis, an attorney for one of the teens, released a statement regarding the incident. "While this was an unfortunate incident for the LaPorte County Fair and our community, we believe the evidence will show that neither my client nor the other teenagers charged in connection with this incident intended to detonate the device at the LaPorte County Fair. We further believe the evidence will show this device was not designed to be used as a weapon to harm other individuals. Ind. Code 35-47.5-2-4 states that a “destructive device” does not include “a device that is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon.”

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