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11/26/2012 05:55 pm ET

Christian Barnes Duke, Florida Student, Allegedly Makes Bomb Guided By 'MythBusters' Episode

AP

A word to the wise: Do not try "MythBusters" at home.

The Miami Herald reports Christian Barnes Duke, a student at the Florida Institute of Technology, doesn't seem to have learned this important lesson. The 19-year-old is facing felony charges and is barred from campus, according to Florida Today, after he detonated an explosive device in his dorm's stairwell that he learned how to construct after watching a "MythBusters" episode. Duke apparently constructed the device using household chemicals, the Glove Dispatch reports.

Luckily no one or nothing was hurt in the incident. It just produced "a loud blast," according to a statement from police.

In response to the incident, Florida Tech released a statement saying, “We take student safety very seriously and have appropriately referred this matter to Melbourne police. We will continue to collaborate with the police department as necessary.”

"I think it's obvious he was just experimenting, there was no malicious intent," Duke's attorney, Richard Hornsby, told Florida Today.

Duke is now in jail, held on a $10,000 bond.

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