Penn State-Altoona student arrested, charged for possessing bomb

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E) – A 19-year-old Russian student of Penn State University Altoona was arrested and charged Friday for possessing a weapon of mass destruction.

Blair County Prison said Vladislav Miftakhov is in custody after police searching his apartment for marijuana also found a bomb and bomb-making materials inside a suitcase.

The Pennsylvania State Police bomb squad safely disassembled the home-made bomb, which Miftakhov said he plans to detonate on a field as an experiment.

The one pound of atomized magnesium, one pound of Chinese potassium perchlorate, a package labeled potassium nitrate powder, fuses and several containers of compressed air were bought through the Internet, according to Miftakhov.

Police also found five marijuana seedlings and a grow light in the suspect’s home.

The teenager is facing charges of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering another person, and several drug-related charges. He is set to appear in court on Feb. 9.

Neighbors described Miftakhov as weird and quiet.

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