2 Teens Charged with Aggravated Arson

by Emily Baird on October 5, 2009 at 8:32 am

Two teens, who were arrested in connection with a bomb scare at Morgan High School last week, are facing aggravated arson charges as juveniles.

Morgan County Prosecutor, Mark Howdyshell, says the teens placed two explosive devices in a setting that could have caused serious physical harm to other students and faculty members, and he says as punishment, they could be held in a juvenile detention facility until they’re 21.

Howdyshell says the incident is very serious because the high school had to be evacuated, students lost a day of school, public safety responders were held up at the scene for hours , and the Columbus Bomb Squad was called in to respond.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office says high school faculty members initially found a note that said "bomb" on it along with two devices last Friday morning.

It was later determined that the two devices were MacGyver-type bombs.

Howdyshell says the incident cost tens of thousands of dollars to clear up. So, he says he plans to make an example of these teens and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

The names of the teens aren’t being released because of their ages.

They are currently being held at the Muskingum County Juvenile Detention Center until their next hearing, which Howdyshell says will be in another week or two.