Nightly News   |  May 28, 2013

Teen charged in alleged bomb plot against school

Police say several powerful bombs were discovered in the bedroom of Grant Alan Accord, a 17-year-old junior at West Albany High School. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

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>>> in oregon tonight, law enforcement calling it a close call , the arrest of a 17-year-old high school student with what they said was an arsenal of explosives that he wanted to use to blow up his school before taking his own life. nbc's mike taibbi has the story.

>> reporter: police have not said who phoned in the warning last thursday about grant allen acord, a 17-year-old junior at west albany high school . searchers found several powerful completed bombs hidden in his room and intended for his own high school .

>> this was far beyond teenage curiosity. these would have caused significant damage, injury or death.

>> reporter: all 23 schools in the district were searched with bomb sniffing dogs, alarming many parents.

>> i was freaking out. it's nothing any parent wants to see.

>> reporter: today those schools reopened after the long holiday weekend. officials and police ensuring students that every school was safe and that the threat had passed.

>> our students came today with smiles on their faces and with their heads held high.

>> reporter: acord was charged as an adult, one count of aggravated attempted murder and six each of manufacturing and possession of a destructive device with intent to use it against another person. the teen's motive hasn't been revealed but his mother issued a statement saying he's been treated for a rare form of ocd it's called pandid, ocd complicated and made worse by certain types of infections but this is not a medical case , it's a criminal case , a teenager allegedly assembling bombs that could have been deadly.

>> among those bombs were pipe bomb , a napalm bomb, a drano bomb.

>> reporter: without that one call could have led to what one investigator called another columbine.