July 10, 2008

Teen Accused of Making Explosives in Indiana County

A 17-year-old male was arrested in Indiana County on Tuesday and faces charges for allegedly manufacturing and detonating explosives, and offering them for sale on the Internet.

A joint investigation by state police; its vice unit; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Indiana County District Attorney Tom Bianco's office led to the teen's arrest at a residence on May Street in Blairsville.

According to police, the ATF received information that the juvenile was marketing the devices. The teen began communicating with an undercover ATF agent. On Tuesday, he met with the agent and offered him several homemade explosive devices in exchange for "a prohibited offensive weapon."

ATF spokesman John Hageman referred questions to state police, who said no additional information would be released yesterday.

Messages left with Bianco were not returned.

Originally published by The Tribune-Review.

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