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5/22/2013 4:40:00 PM
Juveniles charged after explosives are found in Ripley
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Two juveniles were arrested after Riverside County Sheriff deputies neutralized what appeared to be homemade explosive devices on a property in Ripley the morning of May 21. Deputies from the Colorado River Station responded to the 24600 block of School Road in reference to several "homemade" explosives at the location, an apartment complex in the unincorporated area seven miles southwest of Blythe.

The apartment manager reported that a maintenance employee found the devices. Deputies responded and secured the area. Members from the Sheriff's Hazardous Device Team, Cal-Fire, Cal-Fire Hazardous Materials Team, and the Department of Environmental Health responded to assist with the investigation. No one was injured and there was no property damaged.

Colorado River Station investigators assumed the investigation and ultimately arrested two juveniles, 14 and 15, who lived in the area. The juveniles were charged with two felonies: possession of a destructive device near an inhabited dwelling and intentionally disposing of hazardous materials. The case is being referred to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office for disposition.

Officials from the Sheriff's Department would like to remind everyone of the dangers of homemade explosive devices.

"These devices are unpredictable and extremely destructive," Sheriff officials said. "The amount of force that is generated when a device of this nature detonates can sever fingers and limbs, cause second- and third-degree chemical burns, respiratory injury, blindness, hearing loss, and even death. The majority of these crimes are felonies, and if convicted, suspects can be ordered to pay for the cost of the resources used during an investigation."

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact investigators at Colorado River Station at (760) 921-7900. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@J.L. I know that times have changed. I too know how to make explosive devices. That is why. I was asking. What did these people find and was it an active device.

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Article comment by: jerry lewis

Remember times have changed and anyone caught with an explosive device is gonna be charged. It not some agency trying to ruin lives or put them self on a peddle stool. Look at all the school terrors and 9-11. This is life now. Only fault is there's and also parents for not wondering what there kids are doing.

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@What???? These kids got charged for throwing away explosives that they made. So if they are going to ruin these kids lives. I want to know why and what they found. But. Just because, some agency want's to grand stand on the backs of some dumb kids that did not have the common sense to get rid of something the right way. So what was the device and what chemicals did they use or type of explosives was used to manufacture this device? What type of testing was used and how did they disposed of this device. Was it a working device, could you set it off. You know important things like that.Or did this agency go into the terrorist mode and refused to give these kids their Miranda rights and question them for days on? Remember it could be you or your kids next.

Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013
Article comment by: WHAT ?????


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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

I just read a lot of bla bla. Did it tell me anything? No it did not. What type of explosives did they make? Pipe Bomb? Destructive and unpredictable. Then they give you a list as to what could happen. Question were there any real explosive material in those devices? Or did they just look like the real thing and they just went from there without testing anything. How did they dispose of these devices? Did they detonate them? Or did they just cut the red wire? Sounds like a lot of Hoopla an a boring day. In that case you could say, a can of Gun Powder is also an explosive device, or a gas can, a bottle of gin can also be made into something dangerous. Should we all then be put in jail. Or was it a Cherry Bomb in a beer can?

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Just What We Need

And they say us little hillbilly towns have no idea what goes on in the real world! Hey. We got people JUST as stupid as anybody! Don't be dissin' us no more!

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: HAC HAC

You know if you look at the article prior to this one"Yellow Ribbon Committee donates to fireworks show" There might just be a job for these delinquents. Ironic

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: Eye Am

When I was that age we made Co'2 bombs and whatever else we could. We went to mexico and bought "fireworks" that were mostly low grade dynamite . You remember the palomos and M100's . We never had intentions to hurt anyone , just to see how loud of bang we could make and what we could blow up. Its a shame that today a kid has to get a felony instead of a talking too that would of been more productive and kept them on the right side of the law.

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: School Lockdown? .

I wonder if this has anything to do with the schools doing practice lockdowns. Our families got automated calls from the school that the children were doing this. What a sad day when that is what goes on at our schools as normal. Way back in the day, school was one of the safest places for kids.

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