Howard Lake Herald, October 5, 1998

Chemical bomb detonates on Monticello school bus

A chemical bomb detonated on a school bus filled with 28 students Thursday morning at the intersection of Briarwood Avenue NE and County Road 39.

Three Monticello students, 14, 15, and 16 years old, were transported to Monticello Hospital and treated for exposure to the chemicals. They were released from the hospital after treatment.

According to the Wright County Sheriff's Department, it is believed that these three students were involved in the manufacture and detonation of the device. The three students were taken to the sheriff's department juvenile holding facility pending a juvenile court detention hearing.

The device was a chemical bomb commonly known as a "McGiver bomb." It utilizes a chemical reaction to generate explosive gases within a closed container. The chemical reaction is caused in part by an acid mixture which is also released during the explosion.

The manufacture or possession of a chemical explosive device is a felony offense under Minnesota Statute 609.668, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of up to $20,000.

Persons causing the detonation of such a device with gross disregard for property or life, can be sentenced for up to 20 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of up to $100,000.


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