Cheshire juvenile charged with manufacturing bombs after federal, state investigation

Cheshire juvenile charged with manufacturing bombs after federal, state investigation



CHESHIRE — A teenager faces charges after police say he was producing explosive devices in a wooded area near Cheshire Academy. A warrant is pending for another juvenile, police said Wednesday.

The teenage boy, whose name and age was not released by police because he is a juvenile, was arrested Sept. 26 and charged by warrant with manufacturing a bomb, second-degree reckless endangerment and conspiracy to manufacture a bomb.

The warrants stem from an investigation in January after Cheshire Academy was placed on lock down due to reports of a potentially hazardous material in a dorm room.

As a result of the investigation, the state police bomb squad, FBI and local police learned that the teenage boy taken into custody last week “actively engaged in researching and producing explosive devices” in a wooded area between Highland Avenue and Academy Road, according to police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Sutherland.

The teenager was taken to Waterbury Juvenile Court, where he remains in custody, Sutherland said. There is a pending warrant for another juvenile, Sutherland said.

On Jan. 26, a Cheshire Academy faculty member was notified by a student about “suspicious activity by a student that possibly involved a potentially hazardous material” on the school grounds, according to police. The faculty member contacted police, and Von der Porten Hall at Cheshire Academy was placed on lock down and evacuated while investigators searched the student’s dorm room.

While searching the school grounds, police found a liquid believed to be gasoline in a wooded area off the main portion of the campus. A Cheshire Academy spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment on Wednesday.




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