Lockdown lifted at Clanton Middle School after student is found with explosive device in 'Play-Doh' container

Police say a 12-year-old student was found with this homemade explosive device at Clanton Middle School Friday, February 7, 2014.


ABC 33/40 reporter Haley Westbrook has learned the 12-year-old who was found with a homemade explosive device at Clanton Middle School Friday has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

The student, who told police he used other devices similar to the one confiscated to scare squirrels out of some trees near his home for hunting purposes, was taken to a juvenile detention facility in Montgomery.

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CLANTON, Ala. -- Clanton Middle School was placed on temporary lockdown Friday morning after a student was found with a suspicious, explosive device that was later determined to be homemade fireworks, authorities told ABC 33/40.

After an initial report of a possible weapon being reported on campus, school officials decided to go on lockdown while Clanton police investigated. Officers later discovered that a student brought a small "Play-Doh" container housing gun powder and BBs with a fuse for ignition. It has since been safely recovered, allowing the lockdown to be lifted and classes to resume as normal.

Police are continuing to investigate why the student, who remains in custody, was in possession of the device at school.

No one was injured in the incident.

ABC 33/40 will continue to follow this story and provide updates as more information is made available.