By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter
O'FALLON, Ill. (KSDK) - We are learning more about the 18-year old O'Fallon, Ill. student who is charged with possessing illegal bomb-making materials.
Authorities say Thomas Stanton of Lebanon had four bombs, including two cricket-bombs, ready-to-go when he was arrested Friday.
The U.S. Attorney's Office wants to talk to the anonymous tipster who told authorities there were bomb-making materials inside Stanton's home.
Stanton was in school at the time, but that tip led to his arrest.
O'Fallon Township High School was on lockdown last Wednesday following a search of Stanton's home. Authorities say what they found there was no joke.
"We did not know when we entered that property what we would find. We did not know if any of those rooms would be booby-trapped. We did not know whether the shed would be booby-trapped. We subsequently found bomb-making materials. We subsequently found two Molotov cocktails which were ready for use," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton.
The search of the Stanton home included federal, state, and local authorities.
Officials have not said why Stanton had the bombs or talked about any intended target.
Events moved rapidly after the lockdown did not yield anything. Stanton was arrested, arraigned, charged and jailed without bond.
Wigginton says the case took on added significance because of the Boston Marathon bombings.
"Given the possibility for mass destruction, for great destruction, particularly in a high school, very seriously," said Wigginton.
Stanton is scheduled to go on trial June 24 in U.S. federal court in East St. Louis.