Police: Suspect in Pine View High incident made explosive device, expressed interest in ISIS

ST. GEORGE (News4Utah)- Police have released more information after students at Pine View High School were evacuated Monday after reports of a backpack that had "smoke coming from it".

Officials say inside the backpack they found a homemade explosive device.

"After examining the device, bomb squad members indicated that if it had detonated; the device had the potential to cause significant injury or death," St. George police said.

Tuesday, officials say the juvenile suspect was arrested and charged with manufacture, possession, sale, use or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. 

Hurricane police said this person is also suspected in a case of vandalism that happened at Hurricane High School in February.

"Based on our investigation we can confirm this was a failed attempt to detonate a homemade explosive at the school. It was also determined that the male had been researching information and expressing interest in ISIS and promoting the organization," St. George Police said.

The American flag at Hurricane High was replaced with an ISIS flag. Graffiti was also spray painted on the building. 

Charges in that case are pending.

Police say it was the attentive students who notified faculty, implemented drills from the school district, as well as the School Resource Officer program that played into the positive outcome Monday.

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