2 teens in Castle Rock chemical case officially charged

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Two teenagers in the Castle Rock chemical case that put a neighborhood on edge earlier this week were charged Thursday.

The two were arrested before police discovered the chemicals at a home in the Plum Creek neighborhood.

One of the 16-year-olds was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of a handgun as a juvenile. The two were arrested early Monday morning in downtown Castle Rock.

As police notified parents about the arrest, an officer noticed suspicious chemicals in the home of one of the teens.

Multiple agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI were called to inspect the situation.

Nearby homes were evacuated and the bomb squad eventually detonated explosive material behind the home to render it safe.

Bond for the teen facing the child exploitation charges was set at $50,000. A court hearing is scheduled Nov. 10.

The second teen was charged with possession of an explosive device. Bond was set at $1 million and a court appearance is scheduled Nov. 15.