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.