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Explosive Closes High School

May 9, 2000

EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. (AP) _ A high school was closed Tuesday and a student taken into custody after officials found a gasoline-filled bottle intended to explode inside a locker.

A 15-year-old freshman at Evergreen Park Community High School in suburban Chicago was taken into custody after he initially told police there were three more such devices in the building, said Deputy Police Chief John Watson.

The boy recanted that statement after talking with psychiatrists, and the Cook County Bomb Squad also found no additional bombs.

However, the school will remain closed until Thursday morning while its own security personnel conduct another search, Watson said.

There were no injuries and the only damage was to the locker. It was unclear whose locker it was.

The boy was admitted to a psychiatric hospital, Watson said.

School officials noticed smoke coming from the locker and found a small plastic bottle filled with gasoline inside, Watson said. A fuse on the bottle had been lit, but it failed to set off the explosion because of a lack of oxygen, he said.

Evergreen Park High School is the alma mater of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, who sent mail bombs that killed three people before his arrest in 1996.

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