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N. Babylon school officials to decide if student can return

Crime Scene investigators carry evidence from a home

Crime Scene investigators carry evidence from a home on Pell Avenue in North Babylon where a 17-year-old teenager was sent injured after a homemade bomb detonated, police said. (Sept. 28, 2009) Credit: James Carbone

North Babylon High School officials said Wednesday they haven't decided whether to allow a student who police said detonated a homemade bomb to return to school.

Vincent Pizzonia, 17, seriously injured his hand Monday night when a metal tube he was filling with explosives unexpectedly went off at the Pell Avenue home he shares with his parents and sister, investigators said.

Suffolk police said they discovered on Pizzonia's bedroom door about a half-dozen photos of the interior of Columbine High School and the two students who attacked the school in 1999.

Pizzonia's status as a student at North Babylon remained unclear Wednesday.

"School district administrators are interfacing with district counsel and law enforcement officials to pursue the appropriate process to determine if the student may be permitted to return to school," said superintendent Robert Aloise in a statement issued by the district's public relations firm.

The district sent a letter to parents saying the high school will remain on modified lockdown through the end of the week, with backpack checks every morning.

Authorities are investigating whether Pizzonia intended to use the device to damage property or hurt someone. Pizzonia told police he meant no harm and planned to set the pipe bomb off in his backyard.

Police are examining a computer taken from the home, and federal agents are examining other possible bomb-making components and accelerants found in the workshop where the bomb went off.

Police said Pizzonia had gotten gunpowder from bullets belonging to his father, Vincent Pizzonia Sr., a former NYPD officer.

A relative said Pizzonia remained hospitalized Tuesday night but was expected to fully recover. No one answered the door at Pizzonia's home Wednesday.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department said the agency does not comment on retired officers, but published reports show that Vincent Pizzonia Sr. retired from the 10th Precinct in Chelsea in 2004 after 20 years of service.

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