Local Teen Caught With 11 Pounds Of Gunpowder In His Backpack

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MART (March 17, 2014) A 13-year-old Mart boy ended up in a local juvenile detention facility over spring break after 11 pounds of gunpowder was found in his backpack.

The 13-year-old boy was taken into custody on Friday for arson and criminal mischief after the investigation of a suspicious house fire last Wednesday off Pearl Street in Mart.

During the arrest, officers found eleven pounds of gunpowder in the boy's backpack.

"Teenagers make mistakes but they don't make mistakes like this," Mart police Chief David Monthey said.

Monthey said 11 pounds is an alarmingly large amount of gunpowder.

A pound can last an average shooter two years, he said.

"There is no reason for a 13-year-old to have 11 pounds of gunpowder," Monthey said.

Police are trying to determine how the teenager ended up with that amount of gunpowder and what he planned to do with it.

The teenager refused to answer officers’ questions, Monthey said.

The teenager was placed in the Bill Logue Juvenile Justice Center in Waco.

His name wasn’t released because of his age.