Charges dropped against Florida teen over amateur science experiment

NBC News — The 16-year-old high school student who was arrested after causing a small explosion on school grounds will not be charged with a crime.

The Florida teenager who was arrested two weeks ago for causing a small explosion on the campus of her high school will not be charged with a crime. Kiera Wilmot, 16, was arrested by police in Bartow, Florida, after conducting an unauthorized science experiment which lightly damaged an eight-ounce plastic water bottle.

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At the time, Wilmot faced possible charges for “possessing or discharging weapons or firearms at a school sponsored event or on school property.” If she had been convicted, she could have faced up to five years in prison.

Wilmot’s arrest became a national story, as members of the press and the scientific community insisted that Wilmot was the victim of a massive overreaction from law enforcement. A crowd-funded legal defense fund netted over $8,000 to cover Wilmot’s potential legal fees, and a petition to get the charges dropped received nearly 200,000 signatures.

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