Teens arrested for teaching people to make black powder, explosives online

Teens arrested for teaching people to make black powder, explosives online
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - Two teenagers were recently arrested by police for posting videos online in which they teach people how to make black powder and other explosives, the Criminal Investigation Bureau has announced.

The two suspects surnamed Cheng and Wei were arrested on June 18 at their houses in central Taichung City. During the raid at Cheng's residence, police authorities also confiscated 2 kilograms of raw materials that can be used in making black powders.

The two teenage suspects are charged with violating gun control regulations and currently been investigated by the Taichung Juvenile Court, the CIB said in a released statement.

According to investigators, Cheng said he has always wanted to make black powder and other explosives since he was a child. He worked with Wei, his high school classmate, to film the process in making these explosives.

They recorded the process and put the video online only to serve as a video record for their experiment, Cheng told investigators.

The CIB said the online video footage has accumulated nearly 20,000 hits before it was removed by the police authorities.

The two suspects are facing a maximum 10-year prison term and another maximum NT$7 million fines for their alleged violations, the CIB said.

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