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By Reuters
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 8:54 p.m.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Authorities in northwestern Oregon said on Sunday that a teenager arrested for producing what authorities called explosives for a Columbine-style attack on his high school had meticulously planned his foiled bombing.

“He was definitely following a detailed checklist,” said Capt. Eric Carter of the Albany Police Department about the 17-year-old, Grant Acord. “It appears he had a systematic, well-documented plan. This was not just an errant note.”

Acord, a West Albany High School student, was arrested on Thursday night when police received a tip that he had produced a bomb and planned to detonate it at school. Carter said Acord was arrested at his mother's home on Thursday evening without incident.

During a search of the residence, police officers found six homemade bombs, including pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails and napalm bombs under the floorboards in the suspect's bedroom.

Carter also said the police discovered diagrams of Acord's school, which “led us toward the conclusion that he was planning a Columbine-style attack,” a reference to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado in which two teenagers shot a teacher and 12 other students to death before committing suicide.

“This was not driven by emotion. This was driven by a mission,” said Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson, whose office has jurisdiction in the case.

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