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Teens charged after explosion outside Lexington home


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Five juveniles are facing serious felony charges on Thursday morning, following what police say was the creation a weapon of mass destruction made from household chemicals that damaged a home in Lexington.

Police say that just before midnight on Wednesday, they got the call of an explosion on the front porch of a house on Doncaster Court, in the Rookwood neighborhood off Bryan Station Road.

As a result of the explosion, the front door of the home received some damage, including the glass being knocked out of a portion of it.

Police say there was a substantial chemical spray from the explosion, which originated from a bottle filled with a mixture of household chemicals.

Officials said that five teenagers, ages 13 to 15, mixed the chemicals in the bottle and left it at the door of the home as a prank.

"Especially since 9/11, lawmakers got very serious with the way they wrote laws. And if people are making weapons of mass destruction, whether it be full-on bombs or just overpressure devices in soda bottles, it's going to be taken very seriously," said Lexington Police Spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts.

The prank carries serious consequences for the teens; they have been charged with criminal use of a weapon of mass destruction, which is a Class C felony. In Kentucky, that can carry a jail sentence of anywhere from five to ten years.

There were no reported injuries from the explosion.


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