A Hudson teen was arrested Wednesday night after his grandmother found what looked like an explosive device in his backpack, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
The teen, a 17-year-old Hudson High School senior, is charged with planting a hoax bomb and possession of a destructive device, both felonies.
About 7 p.m. Wednesday, the teen’s grandmother found a device, wrapped in black tape, with two wicks at the top and bottom, according to an arrest report. She also found four used bullet shells with wicks secured to the top of each one.
The bomb squad from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office evacuated the Smith Boulevard home and determined the device was a foam football with fireworks attached to it with black, electrical tape.
The bullet casing, if detonated, could have produced potentially fatal shrapnel, deputies said.
The teen told authorities he built the device because he was bored, the report said. He planned to detonate it in his backyard. Deputies arrested the teen and took him to the Juvenile Assessment Center at the Land O’ Lakes Jail.