Three Wisconsni boys held in YouTube bombings
SUPERIOR, Wis. - Three 13-year-old boys were arrested Sunday in Superior after they were linked to a series of small homemade bombs that had gone off around town over four days.
The boys said they were inspired by videos they watched on YouTube, according to a news release issued by Superior Police Capt. Matt Markon.
The first of the explosions were reported Thursday, when small bombs were set off in garbage cans outside Super One Foods at 204 Belknap St., and inside the A&W Restaurant at 701 Belknap St.
Then, at 4 p.m. Sunday, an explosion was reported under a trailer at a private residence. Fifteen minutes later, another explosion was reported about one mile away.
Superior police officers spotted the three juveniles after the second explosion and took them into custody.
During interviews, the boys admitted to setting off at least six separate homemade bombs. They claimed they saw people blowing things up on YouTube and thought they should do the same. The teens were stealing the materials they were using from local retailers, Markon said.
The juveniles were placed on home detention and released to their parents. No criminal charges have been filed, Markon said.
Charging decisions will be made by the Douglas County District Attorney's office in conjunction with Douglas County Juvenile Intake authorities.