Northwest NEWS

May 1, 2000

Local News

Two teens arrested for possession of pipe bombs

   Bothell police responded to the report of possible gun shots in the wooded area behind a northend apartment complex in the 23000 block of 27th Ave. SE on Tuesday, April 25, at approximately 12:58 p.m.

   Officers searching the area observed two juvenile males walking out of the woods. Officer Elmer Brown, public information officer for Bothell Police, reported that the 17- and 16-year-old youths admitted setting off five pipe bombs, and a search of the 17-year-old's apartment revealed six more pipe bombs in a military-style bag. According to police reports, the 16-year-old admitted bringing the pipe bombs to the Bothell apartment.

   Police secured the scene and evacuated the building. The Snohomish County Bomb Unit, and the Washington State Patrol, with the assistance of two agents from ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms), evaluated the scene and removed and disposed of the bombs, which were made from 1-inch by 4-to-6-inch pieces of plastic PVC pipe.

   The boys were arrested and transported to Everett, where they were booked on possession of explosive devices and taken to Denny Youth Center. They subsequently posted bail and were released to their parents. The case is now in the hands of the juvenile prosecutor's office in Everett.

   A search of the 16-year old's apartment near Thrasher's Corner by Snohomish County Police revealed 25 more pipe bombs and bomb-making materials.

   Police reported the boys didn't make the explosives with the intention of causing harm or injury to anyone. The two were trying to build home-made fireworks that would make a lot of noise, according to Officer Brown.