Chemical Danger In Waseca Details 19 May 14

A federal law enforcement official says the chemicals found in a Waseca storage shed last month created a dangerous situation regardless of whether a teenager accused of making explosives there was ever going to carry out a plot to attack his school. The head of the Minnesota ATF, Scott Sweetow says that agents always react with concern when potassium perchlorate and some form of fine metal such as aluminum powder or iron oxide are found in the same place. He says the two ingredients are commonly used to make illegal fireworks or explosives. 17-year-old John LaDue is charged with attempted murder in juvenile court, but authorities are seeking to prosecute him as an adult.