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Illinois high schooler accused of having explosives

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A downstate Illinois high school student is facing federal charges that he possessed explosive devices in his home.

Federal grand jurors in East St. Louis indicted O’Fallon Township High School student Thomas Lee Stanton with one count of possession of an unregistered destructive device.

The indictment alleges that Stanton, 18, on Wednesday had in his Lebanon home explosive devices that included a so-called cricket bomb. That was comprised of carbon dioxide cartridges, fuses and explosive powder.

Online court records don’t show whether Stanton has an attorney. He does not have a listed home telephone number.

The felony count is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.



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