Galloway boy held on explosives charge

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EGG HARBOR CITY ­­- A 16-year-old Galloway boy attending Cedar Creek High School here is in Harborfields Juvenile Detention Center charged with possession of an explosive device after behaving suspiciously in school Tuesday, Dec. 18.

At approximately 2 p.m. Galloway police were contacted by Cedar Creek administrators who said the boy’s behavior caused them to be concerned.

“The student was removed from Cedar Creek and brought to the Galloway Township Police Department,” Galloway Police Chief Patrick Moran said around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. “There was no indication that there were any threats made or that there was any danger related to anyone at Cedar Creek High School.”

Nevertheless, Galloway investigators, joined by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, went to the student’s residence on East Spencer Lane where they said they found electronic parts and several chemicals that could be mixed and cause an explosion. Charged with possession of a weapon - an explosive device – the youth was transported to the juvenile detention center in Egg Harbor City.

“As a precaution, both police and school officials requested a sweep of Cedar Creek High School, utilizing bomb sniffing dogs,” Moran said. “Nothing was located.”

Assisting in the search at the school were the Atlantic City Police Department’s bomb squad and other Atlantic City police, the Oceanville Volunteer Fire Company, Galloway EMS, Egg Harbor City police, K-9 teams from Hamilton Township police, the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department, two units from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Millville police and the Salem County Sheriff’s Department.

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