FONTANA - A Fontana Middle School student was arrested after bringing a cocktail full of explosive chemicals to school earlier this week.

Using a recipe he found on the Internet, the boy on Monday morning put a household cleanser and aluminum foil into a 12-oz. water bottle, resulting in a "minor explosion," Fontana Unified School District Police Chief Billy Green said.

After starting the chemical process, the boy reportedly sealed the bottle and dropped it into a plastic trash can in the the boys' locker room at the school.

The explosion was reported by students.

Witnesses identified one student as the culprit to school administrators.

Although Fontana Unified police and San Bernardino County Fire Department teams investigated the incident, Green said there was no serious risk to either students or property.

The student was arrested for possession of a destructive device and booked into juvenile hall.

Additional disciplinary measures were taken by the district as well.

"I can't give you the discipline," for the privacy of the minor student, "but I can tell you that it was handled appropriately," Fontana Unified Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks

Although no one was hurt this time, Green warned that the explosion could have easily happened earlier than the boy had expected, injuring him or a witness.


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"I don't want to minimize the potential for there being a serious injury," Green said.

"It's completely volatile in terms of there's no predictability in terms of when it'll go off."

Beau.Yarbrough@InlandNewspapers.com, 909-483-9376, @InlandEd