10/19/10 168 W, 1 I - + 7 - 4 Charlotte Firefighters Injured During Search For Explosives

Here's an usual incident yesterday as reported by the Charlotte Observer. It started a Turning Point Academy on West Sugar Creek Road, where an exploding pen (!) sent a 15-year-old student to the hospital. Another student was arrested at the scene, and his brother was arrested hours later when they searched the teenager's house on Mt. Holly Road. They started that search that afternoon.

Bomb squad members-- or bomb squads, plural?-- searched the home for additional explosives. Charlote fire and EMS personnel stood by, and a couple dozen homes and one business were evacuated during the search. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries from an explosion that occurred as they performed a field test on one of the substances found at the scene.

Operations resume this morning. Read the story, which also includes quite a few reader comments. Looks like their Observer has our News & Observer beat for reader participation. Click to enlarge:

Todd Sumblin/Charlotte Observer photo

Updated with a better photo. Interesting police vehicles there! Click to enlarge, or see this slideshow: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/10..
Legeros - 10/19/10 - 20:18

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