Teens accused of detonating bombs on porch

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PLATTSBURG, Mo. -- The topic of bombs has made headlines lately -- most notably, in the Boston Marathon case from last week.

Now, two Clinton County 18 year olds are accused of building and detonating a bomb on someone's porch. If they're found guilty, those two Lathrop High School students could do up to 10 years in jail.

Court records say they built their "Drain-O bomb" out of normal household items, including aluminum foil, toilet cleaning liquid and an old plastic bottle.

Both Josh Leibrandt and Caleb McKnight face charges of negligent burning or exploding and second degree assault. They were arrested on Friday afternoon by Lathrop Police.

Court documents say the boys rang a doorbell at a schoolmate's home and tossed their bomb onto the porch as a prank. Richard sharp answered the door with his four-year-old child standing nearby. Neither was injured, but the police report says they were afraid for their lives.

Both men entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday at the Clinton County Courthouse. Bonds for both McKnight and Leibrandt were reduced to $500  as neither student presents a flight risk, according to Judge Paul Luckenbill.

"We think once the facts come out on this case that it will be shown that the whole thing has been blown out of proportion, and that my client will be cleared of wrongdoing," Joe Gagnon, McKnight's attorney, said.

Both Leibrant and McKnight are scheduled to graduate from Lathrop High School soon.

Judge Luckenbill has scheduled the next court appearance for Leibrandt and McKnight for May 21.

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