Sacto 9-1-1
May 25, 2012
Students arrested for Woodland middle school 'works bomb'

Two juveniles were arrested this afternoon after they allegedly placed a homemade explosive device in a school cafeteria trash can in Woodland.

At 12:22 p.m., a Woodland Police Department school resource officer was called to investigate an explosion at Douglass Middle School at 525 Granada Drive. School officials had already detained two boys, both students at the school, who were allegedly responsible for the explosion.

Police said the students created a "works bomb" and dropped in into a trash can in the cafeteria. The device is made of common household items that are placed in a plastic container and sealed. A chemical reaction occurs that releases gases, which eventually cause the plastic container to rupture, creating a loud noise, according to a Police Department news release.

Such devices could cause injury, officials said, but in this case the trash can contained the explosion and no one was hurt. The explosion created a loud noise and disrupted activities inside the cafeteria, but property damage was limited to the trash can.

The two youths were arrested and booked into Yolo County Juvenile Hall. Police said the Yolo County Explosive Ordnance Detail took possession of the trash can and its contents so they could be appropriately destroyed.

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