Durant police find explosive device in teen's backpack

Published: Mar. 2, 2017 at 6:51 PM CST
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) -- A 17-year-old is in custody after Durant police said they found a bomb in his backpack late Tuesday night and just feet away from a school.

"It's kinda scary, in today's age, something like that is not good to mess around with," Joe Turner said.

Joe Turner lives right on the street where the 17-year-old was caught Tuesday night.

"That's really too close for me, I'd rather see it on the news," Turner said.

"They located some prescription pills inside a bottle and located a plastic bottle that was wrapped in tape and a fuse coming out of the top of it," Durant Police Detective Buddy Faulkner said.

The OHP Bomb Squad determined that bottle was a real explosive that could have hurt someone.

"It's not a joke to create devices like this, it's also not safe at all," Faulkner said.

The teen was walking with a bag right next to Durant Intermediate School around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police flagged him down, but he ran about a block away and hid. Shortly after, police said they found him on Washington Avenue and Lavola. They opened the bag and called in the bomb squad to get the device.

"I think they were familiar with the subject, dealing with him on other things," Faulkner said.

Inside the bag, officers also found items the boy had stolen from a vehicle earlier that night. He had debit, credit and gift cards, as well as a wallet with about 150 dollars cash, all of which were returned to the owner.

"With ISIS and you think about all that stuff that's happening in this world today, you never know when it's gonna hit home, so it's scary," Turner said.

Police said they do not yet know why the teen had the bomb or what he planned to do with it. He was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.