Teens charged with vandalizing Buddhist temple

AP, July 7, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn (USA) -- Nashville police have charged two 14-year-old boys with felonies after a Buddhist temple was vandalized.

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The Juvenile Court petitions say the boys used fireworks to create explosive devices which they threw through the windows of the Wat Lao Buddhapathip (waht low boo-dah-pah-TEEP') Temple on the Fourth of July.

They're cited with possession of a prohibited weapon and felony vandalism.

Police Chief Ronal Serpas (sur-PASS') called it a senseless act and says the department treats it seriously.