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Bomb-making materials found at Newport Beach school

(Los Angeles Times) Authorities on Tuesday arrested a 12-year-old boy who they said brought bomb-making materials to his Newport Beach school, stowing some of the items in his locker.

Students at Horace Ensign Intermediate School were evacuated to an athletic field as a bomb squad swept the campus and anxious parents gathered outside the school.

“He had the equipment to manufacture a type of acid bomb that was not put together but could obviously cause serious injury,” said Evan Sailor, a spokesman for the Newport Beach Police Department.

The boy, who was not identified, was taken to O.C. Juvenile Hall while authorities investigated the incident. Police said there was no immediate explanation why the components were brought onto campus.

The incident began early Tuesday when a student notified campus security about what he thought were drugs in the boy’s possession, according to police. Called to the campus in the 2000 block of Cliff Drive at 11:30 a.m., Newport Beach police and fire officials said they searched the boy’s locker, discovered the materials and immediately locked down the school, evacuating about 1,100 students.

Authorities would not describe the materials in detail, except to say that they were for a device made by filling a plastic bottle with an acid and a base to create the type of chemical reaction caused by mixing vinegar and baking soda.

The resulting explosion, experts say, would spray the chemicals, typically causing burns and irritation to the eyes, skin and respiratory system of anyone nearby.

The 12-year-old boy, who was in school at the time, was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of felony possession of an explosive device.

Students were allowed to return to their classrooms about 2 1/2 hours after the bomb squad removed the materials from campus.

Laura Boss, a spokeswoman for the Newport Mesa Unified School District, said that although the boy’s motives were unknown, the campus was safe.

“Our students are as safe as they possibly can be,” she said. “I don’t know that we can protect them from something like this, but our response was appropriate.”

Parent Kerri Hirschof said she was notified of the incident in a text message from her eighth-grade son.

“I came over immediately, but they wouldn’t release him,” she said. “I’m glad everyone’s OK, but I was a little nervous, especially with everything that’s going on in the world today.”

The bomb scare occurred just days after 14 people died in shootings at an Omaha mall and two church facilities in Colorado.

And as authorities searched the Newport Beach campus for explosives, police elsewhere reported that six people were wounded by gunfire at a school bus stop in Las Vegas, and a Roman Catholic school in Montclair had been locked down after a suspicious package was found.


December 14, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, Homeland security, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror


  1. Dear ____________________:
    I am a moslim living with my family in Arlington, Texas, USA. I have a desperate cry for your help. My 9-year-old son was recently assaulted in a local mosque by a Palestinian terrorist who was retaliating against me for my undercover work with the FBI years ago that helped put 40 Palestinians in federal prison. This 25-year-old Palestinian man harmed my son, causing him two broken fingers, but also causing him to become extremely fearful of adult strangers. When I sued the thug, and the mosque, in a local court, the boss of the mosque announced in the microphone of the mosque, during Ramadan, that I, Mohamed Elkharsity, had become an outlaw to moslims. The boss also asked for donations among the participants in that Ramadan service to raise $150,000.00 to defend against my lawsuit against the mosque. I previously informed the FBI that fundraising by that local mosque is actually being targeted for the support of Hamas. I am very upset because the boss of the mosque slandered and defamed my wife in her presence among the participants in the local mosque during Ramadan. Besides denouncing her, the boss told her never to worship in his mosque ever again. The boss also sent my lawyer a letter threatening us not to attend the mosque. This is a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution! This boss has a history of abusing the wives. He also has convinced the moslim community that he is a lawyer, which he is not. Furthermore, this boss is anti-semitic, and he teaches moslim youth to hate the Jewish community, which I strongly support. This boss likes his fellow moslims to call him “Ameer Almumneen”, he is a member of CAIR, and he heads every fundraising or other mosque actions. He has instilled fear in the moslim community as if this were the Gaza Strip. This boss is also fighting the economic system of the United States, because he teaches the Sharea Islamic system dealing with, for example, the financing of homes. He encourages moslims to stop dealing with My lawyer is scared and withdrew from my case because of possible reprisals by the Palestinian Hamas. Now I need your help to fight hatred, terrorism, and fascio-islamism. I am seeking a fearless lawyer who is not afraid to fight for my cause. I wish to hear from you by e-mail. Thank you.
    Yours sincerely,
    Mohamed Elkharsity

    Comment by mohamed elkharsity | December 14, 2007 | Reply

  2. Let me see what I can come up with Mohamed. I know some really good lawyers that would probably be more than happy to help you out. I will make some phone calls and contact you by e-mail. No child should have to indure that type of treatment, No matter what religion or nationality, Everyone deserves to be treated as equals. That is the way America is supposed to be. The leader of the Mousque will have to answer to God for his actions, as does any Human.

    God bless and take care

    Comment by Derek | December 15, 2007 | Reply

  3. Where are you derek? my email is

    Comment by mohamed elkharsity | October 2, 2008 | Reply

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