Criminal Justice

Teenaged County Fair Explosive Carrier Won’t Face Adult Charges

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July 25, 2013 — LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — A 16-year-old who brought an explosive device to a crowded northern Indiana county fair for the thrill of seeing people’s reaction won’t be facing adult charges.

LaPorte County Prosecutor Robert Szilagyi says possession of a handgun would automatically move a juvenile into adult court, but possession of explosives does not.

The teenager who carried the device, the teen who made it and another who interfered with sheriff’s deputies all were arrested July 1 at the LaPorte County Fair, about 25 miles west of South Bend. A police bomb squad dismantled the device.  Szilagyi said that if the teens had tried to set off the “sparkler bomb,” they could be tried as adults.

He wants people to urge their state legislators to change the law.


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