Police charge 3 teens in book drop explosion

BLAKESBURG, Iowa (AP) — Police say three teenagers have been charged with placing explosives in the Blakesburg Public Library’s book drop.

The Ottumwa Courier reports (http://bit.ly/18QeeHw ) police charged one 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds with reckless use of fire or explosives. The charge is a serious misdemeanor.

Chief Deputy Don Phillips says police filed the charges after getting a citizen tip about the explosion, which was reported July 24.

The blast was caused by pressure built up by chemicals inside a bottle.

No one was injured and the book drop received only minor damage.

Phillips says police also are investigating whether the teens placed a similar bomb inside a historic cannon in Blakesburg’s city park.

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Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, http://www.ottumwacourier.com

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