Mass. school guard faces chemical charges
LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — A security guard at a suburban Boston high school has been arrested and charged with possessing chemicals that could be used to make a bomb.
Authorities say 23-year-old Jesse Holland of Gardner stole the chemicals, including iron powder, aluminum powder and magnesium metal ribbon, from Waltham High School, where he worked.
He was arrested Wednesday morning in a Leominster store parking lot after police say he acted suspiciously. A search of his car yielded the chemicals, a hatchet and a stun gun.
He was held without bail in court Wednesday on charges including possession of an incendiary device, pending a dangerousness hearing set for March 11.
Police say Holland told them he intended to throw the chemicals into a fire to “see what would happen.”
Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy called the allegations “troubling.”