Fake Explosive Devices — Louisiana

Criminal Defense Attorney New Orleans


Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. — Serving clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Terrebonne, Tangipahoa, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany, St. John, Assumption and Plaquemines Parishes.


Fake Explosive Device  La RS 14:54.5

It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, possess, have under his control, buy, sell, mail, send to another person, or transport a fake explosive device, if the offender knowingly and intentionally:

(1)  Influences the official conduct or action of an official or any personnel of a public safety agency; or

(2)  Threatens to use the fake explosive device while committing or attempting to commit any felony.

A “fake explosive device” means any device or object that by its design, construction, content, or characteristics appears to be or to contain an explosive, an explosive compound or mixture with a detonator or initiator, or both, but is, in fact, an inoperative facsimile or imitation of such a destructive device, bomb, or explosive as defined in R.S. 14:54.3.

A “public safety agency” means the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, a fire department, an emergency medical or rescue service, a law enforcement agency, or a volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies.

Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than 5 years and shall be fined an amount equal to the costs of any law enforcement investigation or emergency response which results from the commission of the offense.

This shall not apply to authorized military, police, and fire operations and training exercises.


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