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Mass. school guard faces chemical charges

February 28, 2013

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.”

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