Friday, February 22, 2013

"Bomb Boys": A Wake Up Call To Parents Of Kids Who Enjoy Science Exploration

Here's an eye opening story I came across on twitter by journalist and war correspondent @Michael_Yon, 'Bomb boys' more common than many parents may believe. As I replied back, kids can be curious& mischievous, I guess they don't always grow out of it...I have two sons like this...God forbid they do something like this...


Courtesy photo/Mathew Glencoe

AftermathLike many so-called "bomb boys," 17-year-old James Glencoe's scientific bent led him to start experimenting – first making pressure explosives with dry ice, eventually graduating to black powder and beyond. His experimentation led to the loss of his hand.

 "MOSES LAKE (VIDEO) - Mathew and Constance Glencoe never knew how far their son's interest in explosives had gone until Dec. 28, 2011, when he was almost killed by a homemade pipe bomb."

The Glencoes, of Moses Lake, are featured in Michael Yon's forthcoming book, “The Bomb Boys.” Yon lists several basic indicators and ingredients parents can watch out for if they suspect their child is toying with explosives. These are:
  • Match heads
  • Aluminum foil, especially when rolled into small balls
  • Rocket motors and igniters
  • Acids
  • Combustibles
  • Notebooks with drawings of explosive devices
  • Web searches relating to bombs or bomb making
  • Nitrate fertilizers
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Legal fireworks dissected to build bigger devices
Parents are also advised to listen, as boys often brag about their bombs or bomb-making experiments.
Parents have so many things to worry about as their kids grow older and more independent, many don't consider an interest in science becoming a hazard to their health and one that could literally cost them an arm or a leg, if not their life. 

While I wouldn't want to discourage their interests in science, they must be made aware that their home is not a laboratory and any 'bomb making materials' or explosives should not be used in the home even for experimental/educational purposes. All of these projects should be done in a lab under direct supervision regardless of their age. In addition, proper first aid kids and safety measures must be available and applied, but most of all teens and kids should not be encouraged to work with explosive chemicals/devices regardless of the educational value.

How do you handle a curious child/teen when it comes to science exploration?

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