O’Fallon, Ill. student charged with possessing bomb found at teen's home

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 19 at 9:48 AM

(KMOV) – An O'Fallon, Ill. student has been charged with unlawfully possessing destructive devices after authorities found materials commonly used to make a bomb at his Lebanon home Tuesday.

Authorities identified Thomas Lee Stanton, 18, as possessing several destructive devices including a "cricket" bomb which comprised of carbon dioxide cartridges, fuses and explosive powder.

O’Fallon Police Chief John Betten told News 4, authorities received information from the St. Clair Co. Sheriff’s Dept. that bomb-making materials were found at a residence outside O’Fallon city limits.

Authorities said investigators were called to the scene and linked Stanton, a student of O’Fallon Township High School, to the materials.

The school was put on a precautionary lock down while officials investigated a possible threat. No suspicious items or packages were found on school grounds and the lock down was lifted.

Betten told News 4 about 10 officers went to the school to take Stanton and four other males into custody for questioning. School officials said the students were cooperative with police.

The four unidentified students were questioned Wednesday but no charges have been filed against them.

If convicted, Stanton faces up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation.

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