Teen Accused of Plot to Bomb School

September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Aug 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM EDT

(MSNBC.com) A Tampa teenager is in custody after allegedly planning to attack his former high school.

Tampa police said bomb-making material was found at the home of 17-year-old Jared Cano. Police said Cano was planning to attack Freedom High School on the first day of classes next week. Cano was expelled from the school in 2009.

"We were probably able to foil a potentially catastrophic event the likes of which the city of Tampa has not seen," Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said at a news conference.

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