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Teen charged with possessing weapon of mass destruction: Easter egg
John Byrne
Published: Monday February 4, 2008

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An 18-year-old Pennsylvania teenager was charged Saturday with harboring a "weapon of mass destruction" after igniting what looked to be a plastic Easter egg filled with plastic pellets inside a flea market.

According to a local report, police said the explosion hit at least five people and set off a building alarm.

"Michael A. Camp, 18, of the first block of Cedar Manor, was in the main area of the flea market shortly before 1 p.m. when he pulled out a lighter and lit the device," state police told the Patriot News. "It exploded, shooting the pellets in the building and striking numerous people, police said."

"The device looked like a plastic Easter egg with a firecracker inside," Peggy Beckley, the market's vendor manager, told the News. She added that the pellets looked like those used for an air gun.

"He didn't say a thing," Beckley said. "He came in, lit it and then ran."

No one was taken to a hospital.

The teenager surrendered after employees chased him into a parking lot and stopped him from getting into a car. Authorities charged him with possessing a WMD, recklessly endangering others, disorderly conduct and assault.

"He was with a group, but he was the only one to come in," Beckley told the paper. "I'm sure it was a prank."



 
 


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