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