No adult charges for teen over Indiana fair explosive - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

No adult charges for teen over Indiana fair explosive

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A 16-year-old who brought an explosive device to a northern Indiana county fair for the thrill of seeing people's reaction won't face adult charges.

LaPorte County Prosecutor Robert Szilagyi says possession of a handgun would automatically move a juvenile into adult court, but possession of explosives does not.

The teenager who carried the device and another who interfered with sheriff's deputies were arrested July 1 at the LaPorte County Fair, about 25 miles west of South Bend. A police bomb squad dismantled the device. The teen charged with making the bomb was arrested the following day.

Szilagyi tells The LaPorte County Herald-Argus if the teens had tried to detonate the device, they could be tried as adults.

He wants people to urge state legislators to change the law.

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