Goliad juveniles face disorderly conduct charges after setting off bomb
March 24, 2010 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated March 23, 2010 at 10:24 p.m.
GOLIAD - Goliad County law enforcement charged five local juveniles with disorderly conduct after the youths detonated a homemade bomb.
The juveniles detonated the homemade bomb outside the Goliad High School baseball field on March 12. They were detained and then released to their parents.
No one was injured during the explosion.
The juveniles faced possible terroristic threat charges, but law enforcement opted instead to file disorderly conduct charges. Law enforcement considered the offenders' ages, as well as the effect of serious charges on the youth's future.
"Had it been a real pipe bomb, it would have been a different situation," said Bryan Williamson, chief deputy at the Goliad County Sheriff's Office. "A felony would close doors for grants or jobs as doctors, lawyers."
The juveniles also received punishment from the school.
The juveniles confessed to detonating the bomb - a liter-sized plastic bottle containing explosive ingredients - not long after the explosion.