Penn State Student Arrested Over WMD
'Off the wall' Russian teen had bomb-making materials
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2014 10:37 PM CST
Vladislav Miftakhov is being held on $500,00 bond.   (Blair County Police)

(Newser) – A Penn State freshman from Moscow was arrested on charges including possessing weapons of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe after cops found a bomb and explosives-related materials in his apartment. Police say they found the bomb-making materials while investigating a suspected marijuana grow-op at the home of 18-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov, who allegedly told them he planned to "blow things up," CNN reports.

Police say the teen, who is being held on $500,000 bail, later explained that he had bought the bomb-making materials on Amazon.com and planned to set off explosives in a field. His roommate says Miftakhov was a "dumb" and "crazy" kid who had recently set off three "mini-bombs" outside their apartment. "He was off the wall" but not a danger to the public, the roommate tells the Altoona Mirror.

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dan6807
Jan 29, 2014 2:54 AM CST
How could anyone buy bomb making materials on Amazon. Are they having a sale on detonators?
lucygoosey
Jan 27, 2014 12:32 PM CST
"His roommate says Miftakhov was a "dumb" and "crazy" kid who had recently set off three "mini-bombs" outside their apartment. "He was off the wall" but not a danger to the public" WTH, dumb a$s your roommate has bombs in the apartment. How stupid are you? in this day, the level of stupidity in this country is off the charts. a$s clowns all over is blowning sh** up and you say, duh,he's a dumb and crazy kid. OMGosh, this generation!
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
Jan 27, 2014 10:57 AM CST
I blew things up out in the fields when I was young. While it wasn't all that smart a thing to do no one was ever hurt. Could he be a bad guy, sure, could he just be a curious and bored teen, sure, will we make a federal case out of this and threaten him with life in prison after which he'll be deported, of course.