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Chantilly, Herndon Teens Charged in Explosive Device Incident

Fairfax County police say teens allegedly created explosive devices, set them off at a neighborhood playground.

Fifteen teenagers from Chantilly and Herndon have been charged with allegedly manufacturing and using fire bombs in connection with a December incident near a Fairfax County elementary school.

According to a Tuesday release from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the explosives were reported at 9:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at a neighborhood playground in the 3200 block of Kinross Circle, near Oak Hill Elementary.

Investigators from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, as well as the Fairfax County Police Department and its bomb squad, responded to the incident in the Oak Hill/Franklin Farm neighborhood. 

Police were able to render one of the unexploded devices safe at the scene. The device was a plastic two-liter bottle filled with a chemical. The devices the teens made did not cause any injuries or property damage. 

The teens were charged with Virginia Fire Code 18.2-85, the manufacturing, possession, and use of fire bombs or explosive materials or devices.

The violation is a Class 5 or Class 6 felony. It's not clear at this time what kind of penalty the teens will face.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

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