Father arrested following explosion in Newaygo High classroom, police say

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

After police said they found explosive devices at a residence following an explosion Monday that injured six people in a west Michigan classroom, authorities have charged the father of a teen linked to the case. 

David Robert Daniel Saylor was arraigned Tuesday on one count of explosives - manufacture/possession of a molotov cocktail, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of habitual offender-second offense notice, Michigan State Police said.

"A vast array of different explosive devices were found and different materials," Newaygo County prosecutor Worth Stay said.

Bond was set at $100,000. It wasn't immediately known if Saylor, 34, has a lawyer who could comment.

Saylor is the father of the 16-year-old who officials said accidentally detonated a homemade explosive device at Newaygo High School on Monday, said Lt. Michelle Robinson, a spokeswoman for the Michigan State Police 6th District.

The blast injured the 16-year-old, four other students and a teacher, officials said. The teen lost both thumbs, the prosecutor said.

Saylor is set for a probable cause hearing on March 18.

Earlier Tuesday, Michigan State Police tweeted that "additional explosive devices" were found at a residence and have been "safely detonated."

"Newaygo County Child Protective Services have been notified and are following their protocols," state police tweeted. "The MSP Bomb Squad continues to render the scene safe for investigators."

More details were not disclosed about the 16-year-old, who was taken by ambulance to a hospital for "moderate to severe" injuries from the blast, which occurred around 8:52 a.m. in a classroom.

Newaygo police Chief Georgia Andres said the student showed a “severe lapse in judgment” but it “was definitely not something he intended."

Classes resumed Tuesday after the school was found to be safe after vents and the heating and cooling system were checked, the district said.

Students were evacuated Monday, Robinson said.

The city is located 35 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Four students were taken to the hospital by their parents with minor injuries, according to Michigan State Police, who are assisting the Newaygo Police Department in the investigation. The classroom teacher also sought treatment at a hospital.

State police said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were on hand to determine what kind of explosive device was involved. 

Newaygo Public Schools has not responded to a request for comment.

Detroit News Staff Writer Mark Hicks and the Associated Press contributed to this report.