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Roommate: Russian teen set off mini-bombs in Pa.

Russian Penn State Student Charged With Possessing WMD

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - The roommate of a Penn State student from Russia charged with building a suspected bomb in his bedroom says the 18-year-old recently set off three "mini-bombs" just outside their apartment.

Andrew Leff tells the Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/1f3DP1m ) that he warned Vladislav Miftakhov to get rid of the bomb-making materials. He called Miftakhov "dumb" and "crazy," but not dangerous.

Miftakhov was in jail Sunday in Altoona after being arrested Friday and charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe and other counts.

Court records don't list a lawyer for Miftakhov.

Police say they were investigating a reported marijuana growing operation at Miftakhov's apartment when they found and dismantled the suspected bomb. They also allegedly found a suitcase containing explosives-related material.

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ken January 27 2014 at 8:51 PM

I saw where his "bomb making equipment" included Potassium Perchlorate, Magnesiun powder and underwater fuse. Hard to considered them as potential "weapons of mass destruction" unless GWB caught Saddam Hussein with the stuff

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ken January 27 2014 at 8:22 PM

50 years ago I could have been charged with a "bomb making" and "rocket making" charges too for just having black powder and underwater fuse

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aquilateq January 27 2014 at 10:31 PM

Me too, and a lot of my friends. Playing with and making explosives was a rite of passage.

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nimtom January 27 2014 at 8:05 PM

send him home to russia

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icerinkdad January 27 2014 at 5:53 PM

We have come a long way from the 1960's when a kid could purchase M-80s or Cherry Bombs in some states... I remember sending cans high in the air by setting one off under the can. No it wasn't safe but it also wasn't a terrorist act.

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bigdog558 January 27 2014 at 5:32 PM

Send the punk back to Russia.

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barryaclarke January 27 2014 at 4:06 PM

Arn't these charges a little extream of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe along with other counts. I feel charges such as these should be leveled against a person who intends to do damage and not against a kid who wants something that goes "bang" for his personal enjoyment................

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timkinetron January 27 2014 at 4:51 PM

then you be his roomate and hope he doesn't blow you up during his " personal enjoyment"

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skeeda1202 January 27 2014 at 5:39 PM

you must be out of your mind

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jmason7708 January 27 2014 at 3:42 PM

i guess we would arrest the nobels,einstines etc not every bomb builder is a torrorist or maybe they are and we would be better off without dynomite and the atomic bomb

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timkinetron January 27 2014 at 4:56 PM

better off without it in the bedroom next door which is why is room mate was a little nervous

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ken January 27 2014 at 8:24 PM

Never blew off any fingers, put out any eyes and later became a chemist

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Marilyn January 27 2014 at 3:09 PM

Same sh-t different year....

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canoeal January 27 2014 at 2:50 PM

Send him home, visa revoked.

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Gary Marshall January 27 2014 at 2:26 PM

get him the hell out of this country NOW

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