Prosecutor says boy suspected in school bomb plot ordered chemicals online


April 23, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina prosecutor says 20, not 10, pounds of ammonium nitrate were delivered last week to 18-year-old Ryan Schallenberger's home. A federal investigator says the high school student used eBay to order the chemical from a seller in Kentucky.

Authorities have said Schallenberger had all the components he needed to build several deadly bombs.

The prosecutor says Schallenberger told police he had placed several pipe bombs around his family's home. But a search did not turn up any explosives.

Sheriff's deputies say they did find a journal that contained bomb plans, a hand-drawn map of Schallenberger's high school and hate-filled writings praising the Columbine killers.

Officials also say that Schallenberger's mother and stepfather are heartbroken over his arrest.

Schallenberger faces a number of state and federal charges, including planning to use a weapon of mass destruction.

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