Two Virginia Tech walk-ons charged with detonating explosive device

Tuesday December 4th, 2012

Two Virginia Tech walk-on football players were arrested Sunday night after police say a small explosive device was detonated in an apartment, reports the Roanoke Times.

Walk-ons Josh Trimble, 20, and Brian Rody, 19, were charged with manufacturing and detonating an explosive device, a Class 5 felony under Virginia law.

Police responded to the 1600 block of Patrick Henry Drive at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in reference to a report of an explosion near an occupied apartment, Blacksburg Lt. Steve Taylor said.

Police say no one was injured in the incident. Trimble, a redshirt freshman linebacker, ha played in 11 games this year and Rody worked on the scout team this year.

 "It’s just a little soda bottle, and you put aluminum foil in it along with a little toilet bowl cleaner,” the players' attorney Jimmy Turk said. “It makes a boom and blows up. They both admitted to it and were very cooperative with the police. They certainly did not understand the seriousness of what they could be charged with.”
Turk said the two men were playing a prank and after the bottle blew up, a person in the apartment complex called authorities. Both players were released on $2,500 secured bonds and are due in court for preliminary hearings on Jan. 24.

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