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Teens charged after pipe bomb damages part of family's dock

(ran PW, PS editions)

Two teens detonated a pipe bomb and destroyed part of a dock on Tuesday night, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The teens told police that they were conducting an experiment, a deputy's affidavit said.

Officials were called to a home on Oyster Cove Drive in Gulf Harbors after a neighbor reported hearing a loud explosion at about 10 p.m. A 17-year-old, whose identity is being withheld by the Times because of his age, told police that he damaged his family's dock with a pipe bomb.

The 17-year-old and his friend, Andrew Price, 18, of 3835 Erinbrook Drive, New Port Richey, assembled a small pipe bomb, placed it in a tin can, then attached a fishing line to the tin can and lit a fuse, police said.

The pair put the can into the water and thought it would sink into the canal, but instead, it floated under the dock and exploded. Police said a 3-foot by 4-foot section of the dock was damaged.

The teens apologized to the 17-year-old's parents and cleaned up the mess, the affidavit said.

A Pasco County Sheriff's dive team was called to the scene to search the area for debris and evidence.

The 17-year-old and Price each were charged with one count of discharge of an explosive device. The 17-year-old was released to the custody of his parents, and Price was booked at the Land O'Lakes jail and released Wednesday on $5,000 bail.