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N.C. Cops Find TATP In Home of Student With Exploding Pen

October 21, 2010  | 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found dangerous quantities of triacetone triperoxide (TATP) inside the home of a 16-year-old continuation school student linked to explosions that injured four people Monday.

Mother Tracy Bauguess lives in the house with her two sons, 16-year-old Jesse Bauguess and a 15-year-old. Baugess has turned herself in to authories.

Police arrested Jesse and another student who attend alternative high school Turning Point Academy where a pen exploded Monday, injuring another student. Three firefighters were injured later that day, when searching the home.

The middle-school teacher of Jesse Bauguess apparently contacted, describing the boy as a sullen loner who she once caught scribbling a list of chemical ingredients on paper during class.

TATP is the same explosive used by Richard Reid (Shoe Bomber) as well as the London subway bombings in July 2005. Ingredients include common chemicals, including hydrogen peroxide and acetone. The final product is a white powder with a strong acrid smell.

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