Chesterfield teen charged with trying to sell explosive devices

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield teen has been arrested in relation to the manufacturing of homemade explosive devices.

On Wednesday morning students told Matoaca High School administrators that a 16-year-old student was trying to sell small homemade fireworks. Administration alerted campus police, who searched the teen's locker. No explosives were found in the student's locker so a search warrant was issued.

When searching the teen's home, police found several homemade fireworks -- they were one inch long and filled with gun powder with a fuse attached.

The 16-year-old student was arrested and charged with manufacturing, possessing or use of an explosive material or device.  The student is being held in the Juvenile Detention Home.

School leaders sent an automated phone call to all Matoaca High School parents alerting them that a letter was on the way. They stress that no danger or threat was made against students or staff. Here is the letter:

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I want to make you aware that Chesterfield Police have notified us that a Matoaca High School student has been arrested and charged with possession/manufacturing an explosive device. We are very appreciative of the actions of our student body to notify police and school administration.

I also want to take this opportunity to ask our parents to reinforce with their children the behavioral expectations as outlined in the code of conduct, and that if a student is aware of inappropriate activity to immediately notify police or school administration.

The school system strictly enforces our uniform written regulations for student conduct. Students who violate the regulations are subject to suspension and/or expulsion, and, if the offense is a violation of the law, to prosecution.

We take very seriously our responsibility to provide a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. As always, if your child shares any information or concerns with you as you discuss this event, please let us know as well.

Thank you for your support of Matoaca High School.


Stephen G. Cunningham