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Boy, 14, burned in black powder explosion

A black powder explosion that left a 14-year-old German Twp. boy with first- and second-degree burns could lead to him ending up in juvenile court.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, which occurred Friday afternoon outside a residence in the 4400 block of Ballentine Pike, sheriff's Sgt. Bradley Barnhart said in a sheriff's office statement.

The boy was burned when he used a lighter to ignite powder, which deputies discovered he intended to use to create an explosive device from a soda bottle near an outbuilding on his property.

He had poured a trail of powder on the ground to the bottle before igniting the substance, Barnhart said in the statement. He suffered burns on various parts of his body.

Deputies learned of his plan after he was taken by private vehicle to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The investigation began there, when hospital officials reported the incident to the sheriff's office.

His mother was in the home when the explosion occurred. No property was damaged, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives will consult with the county prosecutor's office before filing any criminal charges, the sheriff's office said.

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