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Tampa police said they were able to thwart a mass murder plot that was planned for the first day of classes next Tuesday.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said that police were able to stop a former student from carrying out what could have been a “a potentially catastrophic event” thanks to a tip from a citizen who came forward.

An expelled Freedom High School student was arrested Tuesday night, after an informer told Tampa police the teen was planning to blow up the school on the first day of class.

Jared Cano, 17, is being held in secure detention. He appeared before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tracy Sheehan Wednesday morning.

Police found a journal and materials to make pipe bombs, including a fuel source, shrapnel, plastic tubing and timing and fusing devices. Members of the agency’s Regional Bomb Team determined the quantity of materials seized was “capable of taking multiple lives,” police reported.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said that Cano, in his journal, expressed a desire to cause more casualties than the 1999 Colorado massacre at Columbine High School.

Source: CNN; John Barry, Alexandra Zayas and Jodie Tillman for Tampabay.com.

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