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Mart teen found with 11 pounds of gunpowder

MART - Mart police were investigating a 13-year-old boy for arson and found 11 pounds of gunpowder after searching his backpack Friday afternoon.

Earlier in March, people smelled smoke coming from a home in Mart shortly after seeing three boys leaving. Some off duty firefighters investigated, and found a burning mattress inside the abandoned home. The flames were put out before they spread.

Police began investigating the incident. Officers determined which teen was responsible for the fire, and stopped the 13-year-old Friday afternoon. They searched his backpack and found 11 pounds of gunpowder inside.

Mart Police Chief David Monthey says no other components were found on the teen, besides the gunpowder. Police are trying to figure out if the gunpowder was stolen or if someone gave it to him.

The teen's identity hasn't been released because of his age.
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