Classes at several Mitchell County Schools were disrupted when it was reported that a third-grade student discovered the first of several homemade explosive devices on the grounds of Gouge Elementary in Bakersville on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
The student opened one of the plastic bottles filled with corrosive chemicals, which spilled onto his leg. The chemicals left the student with burns, which he showed his parents later in the evening. Once the parents contacted the schools, Gouge Elementary and nearby Buladean, Tipton Hill and Bowman schools were placed on a two-hour delay to give authorities time to inspect school grounds. ... The devices, which law enforcement initially believed to be the remains of a mobile “shake and bake” methamphetamine lab, were identified as homemade explosive devices.
Captain R.V. Wiseman explained how the investigation progressed.
“What we thought was a ‘shake and bake’ methamphetamine lab, turned out to be what they call a ‘works bomb.’ They were behind the school, five of them. Three had exploded already, but two had not.” ...Read the full article