Charges Filed Against 14-Year-Old Canton Boy After Suspected Explosive Devices Found in River Green Home
"There were several devices that appear to be pipe bombs inside the residence," assistant police chief Todd Vande Zande said.
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with possession and manufacture of destructive devices after suspected explosives that appeared to be "extremely dangerous" were found this morning at a home in Canton's River Green subdivision, the assistant chief for the Canton Police Department said.
During an afternoon briefing, Todd Vande Zande said authorities found "several explosive devices" that "appear to be pipe bombs" at the home, which is at 119 Woodbury Lane.
The devices have been sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives crime lab for analysis, he said.
"We don't know what the contents of each device is," said Vande Zande, who added that one of the explosives was detonated near the rear of the home. "That's why they're being sent to be analyzed, but they did have the appearance of being legitimate explosive devices."
Canton Police received a tip about explosives at the home. While Vande Zande didn't say how or when authorities were tipped off, he said "as soon as we got the tip, we contacted the (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) Bomb Disposal Unit and the ATF and we have been in touch with the FBI."
Through the morning and the afternoon, agents with the ATF and the GBI went in and out of the home of the boy's parents, Brian K. and Sandra M. Howell.
Canton Fire Chief Dean Floyd said he arrived on the scene at about 8:30 a.m. Just before 1 p.m., the 14-year-old, who was wearing a red T-shirt, was placed in the back of a Canton Police squad car, and a couple drove off in a white truck.
The suspect remains at the Canton Police Department, but will be transferred to another facility, Vande Zande said.