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Florida High School Student Detonates Explosive Bottle on School Grounds, Cops Say

So it's been a week since the incidents in Boston occurred, and even though the evildoers have been killed and captured, people are naturally still jittery when it comes to explosions going off. Particularly explosions near other people. Particularly if those people are kids.

With all that in mind, a Florida high school student apparently thought it would be a neat idea to detonate a homemade bomb on her school campus for no earthly reason whatsoever.

And so, on Monday morning, she did.

Police say that Kiera Roslyn Wilmot, 16, set off an explosive device at Bartow High School, where she is a student.

Apparently, Wilmot packed household chemicals into a plastic bottle, and then mixed in other combustible ingredients into the bottle before closing the lid. This caused an explosion.

Bartlow police say that Wilmot set off the explosion on campus at around 7:00 am Monday morning, right around the time classes started.

Police declined to give specifics on what chemicals Wilmot used, and they say there were no injuries and no damage was done to school property.

According to witnesses, Wilmot did not run away once the explosion was set off. When confronted by police, she told them that she was conducting a science experiment. But teachers at the school told police there was no such experiment or assignment.

Wilmot was taken into custody to the Juvenile Assessment Center, and charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. Both charges are felonies.

A felony charge is a bit excessive for a teen girl that made a poor decision. 

Dumb decision to set off an explosive on school grounds?

Yes.

But a felony charge? Yea, equally dumb.


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