3 teens charged in explosion

(DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH) -- Three 15-year-old boys have been charged in conjunction with an explosion that occurred Saturday, May 3 in Deerfield Township.

Police were called to the 8900 block of Pembrooke Drive shortly after midnight for a report of fireworks.

Upon arrival, deputies with the Warren County Sheriff's Department and Deerfield Township police found one of the teens bleeding from wounds on the upper portion of his body. Investigation revealed the teen, his twin brother and their friend had mixed a batch of chemicals into an explosive mixture and set it off in an empty soup can in the yard of the residence.

Pieces of the soup can hit the house and another nearby house, but property damage was minimal. The teen was treated and released from the hospital.

The three boys are charged in Warren County juvenile court with criminal use of an explosive device, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals or substances for the manufacture of an explosive device, unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance, illegal manufacturing or possessing explosives and two counts of aggravated arson.

"This is eerily similar to the tragedy in West Chester that is so fresh in our memory," said Warren County sheriff Tom Ariss, referring to a January 2008 incident in which Daniel Ferraro, 19, was killed after he and three of his friends were attempting to use a pipe bomb to blow up a fort. "I caution parents, neighbors and even friends of young people making this stuff to know what they are getting into. These things are not toys or a simple chemistry experiment. This is a deadly game."