Exploding pens

Here’s a strange little story. A 17-year old boy in El Monte, California, rigged several ink pens to explode when the cap was removed. He then left the booby-trapped writing instruments around area high schools hoping to injure anyone who picked them up. His diabolical plot met with success on three occasions dating back to late August. Stumped detectives finally broke the case in early December after being contacted by an anonymous informant. Here are a couple articles:

Interestingly, one can find similar (albeit less destructive) items at almost any magic or gag gift store! So, he doesn’t even get any points for creativity! Maybe next we’ll hear about some kid who is trying to electrocute people with a hand buzzer hooked up to a car battery.

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