2 charged after bomb squad called over suspected 'military grade' explosive at Colorado school

Posted at 11:33 PM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 03:32:11-04

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. – A man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested Tuesday afternoon after deputies had to render safe what was originally reported as a “military grade” explosive left in the cafeteria of the Fountain Valley School of Colorado.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office was called to the school just after 3 p.m. Tuesday after the alleged explosive device was reported.

More than 300 students and faculty at the school were evacuated as the regional bomb squad, along with ATF agents and SWAT team members, rendered the device safe. Nobody was injured in the incident.

The man arrested was identified as Bryan S. Bolding, 46. Though the sheriff’s office has not linked Bolding to the school or released his mugshot at this time, the school’s "Directory of Technology" [sic] is also called Bryan Bolding, according to the its website. That Bolding has not been confirmed to be the suspect at this time.

Bolding and the 16-year-old boy face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, according to the sheriff’s office.

Among them are possession and use of a hoax incendiary device, terrorist training activities, contributing to delinquency of a minor, conspiracy, attempting to influence a public servant, reckless endangerment, child abuse without injury and felony menacing.

Exactly who is facing which charges is unclear at this point.