The juvenile arrested Tuesday in connection with recent explosions in Oak Ridge has been charged with two counts of possession or manufacture of prohibited weapons, a Class B felony, authorities said Wednesday.
The juvenile appeared in juvenile court for a detention hearing on Wednesday and was released, the City of Oak Ridge said in a press release.
“The investigation is continuing,” the city said. “No additional information will be released at this time.”
The student, an Oak Ridge High School student who has not been publicly identified because he is a juvenile, was arrested Tuesday after the Oak Ridge Police Department found evidence in a car that was connected to two recent explosions, one at Blankenship Field and the other at Milt Dickens Park, authorities said.
In a press release Tuesday, the city said investigators with the Oak Ridge Police Department Juvenile Unit detained and questioned the boy at Oak Ridge High School while working with Oak Ridge Schools on Tuesday morning. He was believed to have knowledge regarding both explosions.
“Further investigation led investigators to determine that potential evidence was still inside the student’s vehicle, which was parked in the front lot of the high school,” the ORPD said. “Investigators immediately identified the vehicle, established a safe perimeter, and requested assistance from the Knoxville Police Department’s Bomb Squad. At no time were any students, staff, or bystanders in danger. Bomb squad personnel were asked to assist out of an abundance of caution.”
Evidence was recovered from the vehicle and the area was deemed safe, the city said. The student was transported to the Anderson County Juvenile Detention Center.
One explosion was detonated on Saturday, January 13, near Blankenship Field. The other was reported on Monday, January 15, at Milt Dickens Park. Nearby residents called 911 to notify police. No injuries were reported in either incident. Investigators do not believe there was any malicious intent.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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