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Clanton student in custody after explosive device brought to school

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The homemade device was secured by authorities. (Source: Clanton Police Department) The homemade device was secured by authorities. (Source: Clanton Police Department)
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CLANTON, AL (WSFA) -

A student at Clanton Middle School is in police custody after authorities say he brought a small explosive device to school Friday.

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell says the homemade device was secured by authorities and the student was taken into custody and transported to the police department for questioning.

Officials in no way believe the student had ill intent or was threatening the school or any student. Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell tells WSFA 12 News it appears to have been "a stupid mistake."

The bomb was packed in a play dough container and contained gun powder, fireworks, BB's, and there was even a fuse. Officials say the 12-year-old didn't have a lighter on him or any way to ignite it.

They found it in his pants and say he brought it to school to show off and was trying to sell it to other students. Police did place the school on lock down until they found it and determined everyone was safe. The child has been charged with possession of a destructive device.

"He said he saw a video on YouTube and that was his inspiration for the device he designed," said Captain David Clackley of the Clanton Police Department. "I think it was just a kid with an imagination that had some poor judgement by bringing it to school and probably some poor judgement by building that large of a device without some type of precautions because had it gone off at his house it could have destroyed his home or injured him or some of his family members."

Captain Clackley said in his 14 years in law enforcement, this is the first time he has ever experienced a student to bring a bomb to one of the Clanton schools. Officials say now it will be up to the juvenile court system to decide what the 7th grader's punishment will be.

Another student reportedly alerted school officials to the explosive device and school officials then called police.

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