Teen Charged after Setting Off Homemade Explosives

MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager who was left at home to babysit his younger brother is now in a juvenile detention center after police say he made and set off homemade explosives in his front yard.

A 16-year-old with autism was babysitting his younger brother at his home on Washington Avenue in Milton on Thursday night.

His mother says after a few chores, he made what are known as “Drano bombs” and set them off in his front yard.

The explosive devices are made with aluminum foil mixed with toilet bowl cleaner in a pop bottle.

The problem is, it's illegal.

"He didn't realize it was illegal or anything,” the mother, Melissa Wright, said. “He didn't think it was a bomb. He thought it was going to be like a firecracker."

Neighbors complained, and Friday the teen was taken out of school and arrested, charged with wanton endangerment and manufacturing or possessing an explosive.

The fire marshal says those homemade explosives are extremely dangerous and can blow off limbs or worse.

The teen was taken to the Tiger Morton Juvenile Center in Dunbar. He will have a hearing in court within 10 days.

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