Third Student Charged In Rose High Bottle Bombs

A third J.H. Rose student has been charged in connection with last week's bottle bombs that went off in the high school.

Greenville police say another 14-year-old was charged with the same crime as the other two -- having a weapon on campus. Police say this is the final suspect in the case.

Police say the first 14-year-old was charged Thursday morning, while the second was arrested Friday.

It all happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. School officials say two bottles went off in what is called the trophy hallway, another in the cafeteria and two more in two different restrooms. No one was hurt.


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A second high school student has been charged by Greenville police after five bottle bombs went off Thursday morning at J.H. Rose High School.

Police say the 14-year-old was charged Friday and there is a possibility of a third arrest.

It all happened around 11:30 a.m. School spokeswoman Heather Mayo says household chemicals were mixed together in soda bottles.

Two bottles went off in what is called the trophy hallway, another in the cafeteria and two more in two different restrooms.

No one was injured.


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A teenager has been charged by police after five bottle bombs went off in a Pitt County high school Thursday morning. There were no injuries.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. at J.H. Rose High School. School spokeswoman Heather Mayo tells WITN News that a student used household chemicals and mixed them in soda bottles.

Greenville police have charged the 14-year-old with having a weapon on campus, a misdemeanor. He has been released to his parents. Police say they're now investigating the possibility that two other people were involved as well.

Mayo says two bottles went off in what is called the trophy hallway, another in the cafeteria and two more in two different restrooms.

The school system says had someone been close by they could have been hurt. Police tell WITN News that the bottles were blown to pieces.

Mayo says when the chemicals reacted it made a loud bang and caused smoke in the hallway, cafeteria and restrooms. She said there was no damage.

The school system originally told WITN that there was only one bottle bomb that went off in the hallway.

The New Jersey Department of Fire Safety says the devices are often made with plastic soda bottles, any size from 20 oz. to 3 liter bottles. The bigger the bottle, the bigger the explosion and dispersal area of its contents.

The New Jersey web site says it takes a dry ice bomb about 45 minutes to an hour to detonate, whereas the acid bombs can detonate within 5 to 15 minutes. Weather conditions will make this time vary.

Many fire crews treat the bombs as a "high-explosive device." While online videos often portray the bombs as harmless, they can cause severe burns, injuries and loss of hand and fingers, loss of hearing and loss of sight.


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