Boy, Mother Facing Charges After Bomb Making Materials Found in Home

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ROLFE, Iowa – A 14-year-old boy and his mother have been charged after officials found bomb-making materials in their home.

Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe says his office received a call Thursday about a juvenile that had been making explosive devices and mixing chemicals.

Officials evacuated Pocahontas High School Thursday afternoon, where the teen is a student, as a precaution. No explosive devices were found on school property but the investigation led to a search warrant for a home in Rolfe.

Investigators did locate explosive chemicals and bomb-making materials in the home and called in the bomb squad, Fire Marshal’s Office and the FBI.

The boy is facing a felony charge of possessing explosive materials with intent to use the materials to commit a public offense. On Friday morning, officials charged the child’s mother with possession of explosive materials, an aggravated misdemeanor, child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor, and aiding and abetting reckless use of explosives, a serious misdemeanor.

Authorities have not released the name of the boy or his mother.

Officials say the materials found in the home would have caused a very large explosion. Crews removed the materials carefully and they were detonated in a field on the southeast side of town. Investigators don’t know how much of the explosive liquid found in the home was manufactured there and say the home will have to be destroyed because it could have seeped into the floors and walls.


  • harrisbock

    As a science teacher, there are MANY common home chemicals that “could” be turned into an explosive. Drain cleaners, pool chemicals, fertilizers, even instant medical cold packs can be turned into a flammable/explosive on purpose or accidentally. Almost every household has potential explosive chemicals under the kitchen sink. There is not enough information in this story.
    The chemicals I use for classroom demonstration sometimes involve “reactions”, as that is the purpose of the demonstration, that could easily be make into an explosive. I have the ability to make black gun powder, and I do as I am also in the hobby of fireworks. Would that classify me as a bomb builder, or someone who knows science and chemistry? I can mix common every day off the shelf items that will ignite into a fire with a few drops of water. In fact, a lot of normal household cleaning supplies state on the warning label what NOT to do to prevent a fire/explosion.

  • unknown

    He was interested in chemistry. Not in making bombs. He got mad at someone and made a stupid threat that backfired and the Government overreacted by accusing him of making bombs by finding common chemicals in the house. This accusation ruined the name. Took their home. All for an overreaction that they had no hard evidence of. Ruined a young boys life who just was interested in science! !

  • Clyde

    It “Could” have seeped into the floors and walls? Could? Just what is this mysterious liquid? They have to tear the house down? Lot of holes in this story yet. I guess I wouldn’t be so skeptical if I hadn’t seen them shut down a truck stop because a hazardous material truck got bumped in the truck stop….. or shutting down a road because of a spilled can of paint. Cough up, where is the rest of the story here.

  • Bob Rooney (@BobRooneyA)

    The Mexican border becoming a back door for ISIS entering the United States.
    Nobody knows how many terrorist are already here waiting for Obama’s Amnesty so they could
    use their new legal status to travel abroad. God help us if the Democrats keep the senate.

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