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Batavia High School student charged with possession of explosives

A Batavia High School student has been charged with possession of explosives.
A Batavia High School student has been charged with possession of explosives.

BATAVIA – A Batavia High School student has been charged with possession of explosives.

The Kane County State's Attorney's Office announced the charges on Friday in connection with an investigation between the Batavia Police Department, the Kane County Bomb Squad, the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force, the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors. The juvenile is currently in custody at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

“My thanks to all of the agencies involved in this case," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said in the release. "Their collaborative work has proved essential in keeping our communities safe.”

Illinois’ Juvenile Court Act prohibits the release of more specific information, including but not limited to the juvenile‘s identity, the release stated.

"Our priority is the public’s safety. We believe that there is no current threat to the public," Batavia Police Chief Dan Eul said in the release.

On Tuesday, the FBI advised the Batavia Police Department it had received a tip from a third party indicating a subject in Batavia had purchased materials that when mixed together could be used in the creation of explosives, according to a previous news release from the Batavia Police Department. The FBI’s initial investigation pointed to a Batavia High School student possibly in possession of a collection of such materials, the release stated.

The Batavia Police Department on Tuesday assisted the FBI with its investigation in the 1100 block of Davey Drive. The FBI, Batavia Police Department and the Kane County Bomb Unit conducted a search of the student’s home and located various amounts of explosive ingredients and containers to encase such ingredients, according to the release.

During the search, a mixture of explosive materials was located. Because of the highly volatile nature of the mixture, it was subsequently destroyed by conducting a controlled detonation where it was found, the release stated.

Residents of the immediate area in the neighborhood were made aware of the event but at no time were at risk, according to the release. Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, a search of the Batavia High School was conducted by bomb sniffing dogs.

That search found no evidence of explosives or explosive components on school property, the release stated. The student is currently in protective custody undergoing assessment.

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