The teen accused of having explosive devices and ammunition at Lincoln East High School has been arrested. Police were called to the school last Wednesday after ammunition and homemade explosive devices were found in a student's car and backpack. East senior, 18-year-old George Chen was arrested Monday afternoon and was lodged for unlawful possession of explosive materials and possession of a destructive device.
"Fire Inspector Robbins took possession of those devices for further examination," Officer Katie Flood said. "He determined that they were in fact illegal based on the quantity of power and their combustibility."
School officials were made aware of the situation when another student tipped off a staff member that Chen may have a weapon. Police say school administrators found around 50 22–caliber rifle rounds after searching Chen's locker.
"Upon searching his vehicle, additional rounds of ammunition were located as well as several homemade explosive devices," Officer Flood said.
Altogether, more than 200 rounds of ammunition were found. Investigators say Chen told police he uses the ammo for target practice and the explosives were leftover fireworks from the forth of July.
"During this incident, no threats were ever made to harm others."
Both of the charges Chen's facing are felonies.
Lincoln Public Schools sent out an email to parents informing them of the situation last week.