'Military Grade' Explosive Found In Charlotte Home
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Wed October 20, 2010

'Military Grade' Explosive Found In Charlotte Home

A Charlotte woman has turned herself in to police on a charge of possessing a weapon of mass destruction. Tracy Bauguess is the mother of a 16-year old boy who was arrested on Monday for exploding a pen at a CMS high school for troubled teens. Police later found a significant quantity of a highly-explosive material that has been used by terrorists.

The web is full of amateur bomb makers mixing household ingredients on their coffee tables and kitchen counters to make this stuff. There are also a fair number of gruesome videos showing the mangled body parts and missing hands of acetone peroxide-making gone bad.

"It is a military grade high explosive which when it is manufactured properly can be very effective and very efficient," says Earl Woodham, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms in Charlotte. "Of course anything the military uses is vetted carefully. It is a highly explosive material and it is regulated."

And that's how the exploding pen of 16-year old Jesse Bauguess on Monday led police to his home on Mount Holly Road and landed him in jail on half-a million dollars bond.

CMPD says its Bomb Squad found a significant quantity of acetone peroxide - or TATP - in the home. Bauguess' 15-year old brother is now in custody, along with their mother Tracy. Police and federal agents say additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

TATP is what the so-called Shoe Bomber used in attempting to blow up an airplane in December 2001. It has also been linked to suicide bombers in the Middle East.

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