Details Emerge in Wesley Chapel Acid Bomb Case

The acid used was a common household cleaner.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about an early morning fire on the Wesley Chapel High School campus that led to a brief lockdown at the school.

According to an arrest affidavit, the incident took place around 7:30 this morning on the north side of the school’s gym. A 15-year-old 10th-grader is said to have created an “acid bomb” and tossed it into a trash can where it started a small fire.

The acid used in the bomb was Works toilet bowl cleaner. The bomb itself is known as a “Works Bomb,” the affidavit said.

The teen, who was subsequently arrested, was seen by a witness who said he watched the boy place tinfoil in the bottle, shake it and throw it into the can.

“When the device exploded, it created a loud noise and smoke which when inhaled by an administrator at the school caused a negative reaction,” the report said.

The administrator was treated by fire rescue personnel on the scene and was released. No other injuries have been reported.

The teen, whose name Patch is not releasing, faces a felony charge of making and discharging a destructive device and a misdemeanor charge of disruption of a school campus.

Wesley Chapel High School was placed on a brief lockdown as the fire was investigated this morning. Normal classes have since resumed.


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