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3 teens charged with making explosive devices

Posted May 12, 2008

— Three teens have been charged with making an explosive device and throwing it into a local yard, police said Monday.

Hampton Bell, 16, has been charged with a misdemeanor, and two 15-year-olds have been charged in juvenile petitions, police said.

The three teens created a device that would explode when a chemical came in contact with a plastic bottle, police said.

The device was thrown into a yard on Woodstock Road on Saturday afternoon while a mother and two children were outside, police said. No one was injured, and police said the woman and children weren't targets in the incident.


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  • Amruby May 15, 2008

    Some people don't know that the women who had the explosive device thrown in her yard works at a Nash County Middle School where another teacher was attacked by a group of students who brought weapons to subdue and kill the teacher. The teacher was able to defend himself but the students were barely disciplined. I happened to overhear this while in the office at the school delivering paperwork. What is this world coming to that teacher's can't live and work in a community without fear from attack or fear of losing their lives. Sounds like a third world country to me. What are these school boards afraid of?

  • blackdog May 13, 2008

    ...I'm glad I grew up in Rocky Mount in the 60's and early 70's, or I and a few of my friends would still be in federal prisons instead of becoming buisness owners and CEOs and presidents of financial institutions and corporations....and doctors and artists and such.

  • blackdog May 13, 2008

    ...AlQaida has moved their training facilities to You Tube...

  • GetRight May 13, 2008

    Shoot, I hope you don't find me on WRAL as a homegrown terrorist. It's not all that uncommon to find me with my kids making "explosive devices" in our back yard. You take a plastic bottle, shove CO2 chips into it till 1/3 full, add water, squeeze a little air out, screw the cap on tight, toss it and run. It can be pretty potent and loud! Might want to warn or invite your neighbors first if any are squeemish.

    I don't throw them in other's yards... but I might (probably would) if I were 15 or 16yrs old: smart enough to figure it out and dumb enough not to know any better.

  • Adelinthe May 13, 2008

    "They should start them all off a hard core criminals, not just a slap on wrist."

    Just because a kid did this doesn't make them harden criminals. My dad was born in 1922 and often told of pranks he and his brothers got into whent they were young, and all of them grew up to be law abiding citizens.

    Sometimes it's just devilishness, sometimes it's the devil itself. It's our responsibility to discern and decide, not to indiscriminately toss the baby out with the bathwater.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • HangOn May 12, 2008

    Jeez, some kids dropping Mentos in their Pepsi again huh?

  • cynsless1 May 12, 2008

    The City on the Rise

  • Seeminglyopposed May 12, 2008

    They should start them all off a hard core criminals, not just a slap on wrist.