A Missouri father turned in his son after finding the teen’s stockpile of homemade explosive material and stolen guns in the basement.
According to KMOV.com, police arrested 17-year-old Tristan Blasius after his father discovered knives, firearms, ammunition and bomb-making materials. Blasius is charged with two felonies, including unlawful possession of an illegal weapon and stealing firearm/explosive weapon/Ammonium Nitrate.
Investigators from O’Fallon Police and the St Charles County Bomb Squad found seven homemade devices along with an “old peanut butter jar full of fertilizer,” according to the report. Bomb squad members determined the devices to be “functional improvised explosive devices designed to throw fragmentation upon detonation.”
Blasius admitted to stealing all the firearms from residents in nearby homes, according to KSDK.
According to the police report, “During the interview, Blasius told me that he had researched ammonium nitrate explosives. Blasius explained he had an old peanut butter jar of fertilizer that he has used the fertilizer in an attempt to detonate this type of explosive but it failed.”
In Missouri, 17-year-olds are charged as adults. Blasius’ family described the devices as more like fireworks. In a statement provided to KMOV, they stated “Tristan has been very cooperative. We are doing everything we can to work through this as a family.”
According to KMOV.com, the teen was not enrolled in school and at this point there is no indication of an intended target for the explosives and guns.
[St. Charles County Police]
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