Five teens arrested for making and detonating pipe bombs

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- Five Leonard teenagers have been arrested for their involvement in the multiple pipe bomb explosions across Fannin County.

Fannin County Sheriff Kenneth Moore says he still doesn't understand what would drive five teenagers to make and then blow up four pipe bombs, but he says he does know those five teenagers will all pay the price for their actions.

The five teenagers turned themselves in Tuesday morning at the Fannin County Sheriff's Office, all of them accused of setting off the pipe bombs.

During the course of their investigation, authorities say they were able to link four explosions across the county to the bomb that destroyed a Leonard police car.

The teens reportedly placed a homemade pipe bomb made from PVC pipe and sparklers on the trunk of the car, damaging the rear window and the light bar on the top of the cruiser.

All the teenagers are over the age of seventeen, and officials say all of them will be tried as adults.

Fannin County Sheriff Kenneth Moore says, "We're not in the prosecution business here at the Fannin County Sheriff's Office. We're in the justice business, and to see that everyone is treated as well as they will let us treat them, so we gave them to opportunity to turn themselves in."

Three of the teenagers have posted bond. Two of them are still in custody.

Bond has been set at $20,000 each.


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