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Japhia Huhndorf (credit: Livingston Police Dept.)

Japhia Huhndorf (credit: Livingston Police Dept.)

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LIVINGSTON, Calif. (AP) — A Central California chemistry teacher accused of storing an explosive material in her classroom is in jail awaiting formal charges.

Bail has been set at $500,000 for Japhia Huhndorf, who was arrested Wednesday at her Atwater home on suspicion of possessing explosive materials.

It’s the second time this week that the 34-year-old Livingston High School teacher has been arrested. On Monday, she was booked on suspicion of child endangerment for allegedly helping students ingest chloroform.

During the investigation of the chloroform case, police say they discovered that Huhndorf also was storing 4 milliliters of nitroglycerine, an active ingredient for making explosives. The teacher did not tell investigators why she had it in her classroom.

Merced County prosecutors say they have not yet filed charges against Huhndorf.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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