Didn’t young Thomas Edison almost blow up a train?

Former criminal and chem class star Kiera Wilmot (right) and her twin, Kayla, with their weapons of mass destruction.

JISHOU, HUNAN — Sometimes lab accidents have advantages. A Florida high school student expelled for creating an explosion at her school has received a scholarship to attend US Space Academy this summer. Her twin sister got one, too.

Their benefactor is former astronaut trainer Homer Hickham, who knows what it’s like to get into trouble with the law. Back in the 1950s, he and a buddy were arrested on suspicions they started a forest fire near their high school.

Hickham was cleared. So was his modern day counterpart, Kiera Wilmot, who nonetheless remains expelled because of her school’s zero-tolerance for … blowing up things. She wrote a blog abut it, which was reprinted at the ACLU website and The Huffington Post.

The details about their scholarship to space camp are over at ABC News.

Edison was never charged, as far as I know. But I think he did lose his job on the railroad, according to legend, after he cooked up some nitroglycerine and nearly blew himself and the train to kingdom come.

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