Oregon student built bombs for Columbine-style attack

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff

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Posted on May 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:46 AM

ALBANY, Ore. – A 17-year-old West Albany High School student will face attempted aggravated murder charges as an adult for building bombs that he planned on detonating at school in an attack he modeled after the Columbine massacre, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said Saturday.

On Thursday, Police took Grant Acord (pictured) into custody for making multiple bombs, which they found under the floorboards of his mother's home in Albany.

Police found pipe bombs, napalm, a 'Drano bomb,' Molotov Cocktails, along with a diagram and maps of the school, weapons and an explosives check list, Haroldson said.

Police said the bombs could have caused serious damage and loss of life. Officers said they got a tip that Acord intended to detonate them at school.

Just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police took Acord into custody at his father's home on Northwest Violet Street in Albany, said Capt. Eric Carter with the Albany Police Department.

He was lodged at the Linn-Benton Juvenile Detention Facility on two counts each of possession and manufacture of a destructive device.

The district attorney said Acord will now be charged with six counts of manufacturing a destructive device (bombs), six counts of possessing completed destructive devices, six counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and attempted aggravated murder.

On Friday, The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit obtained a search warrant and safely removed all explosive items from the home, Carter said.

Police searched West Albany High School on Thursday evening and searched the school again Friday with an explosive detecting K-9 to ensure the campus is safe for students to return on Tuesday.

Acord is due in court Tuesday.

Anyone with further information was asked to call Albany Police at 541-917-7686.

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KGW's policy is to not name juveniles. Because the district attorney is on record saying he plans to charge Acord as an adult, and the serious nature of the accusations, KGW is releasing his name.

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