Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler told AL.com that the 15-year-old boy, whose name is not being released because of his age, told his Periscope followers he had been recruited by ISIS and that he was going to attack the airport.
Word of the threat not only made its way to Bessemer, but also caught the attention of federal authorities.
"It sent a shockwave through Homeland Security,'' Hagler
It's not clear whether the teen told followers he
was in Bessemer or if a location showed up on their devices, but either way those watching quickly called Bessemer police.
More than 300 people had watched the video.
police went to the teen's home, and discovered the arsenal of weapons shown on the video was actually comprised of airsoft guns and dummy grenades, Hagler
Homeland Security has since deleted the video, and the boy's account is no longer active.
police took him into custody, and he
remains in juvenile detention.
is charged with making a terrorist threat.
said the boy didn't have access to real weapons, and it appears he
was just playing around.
"The video certainly must have appeared real enough,'' Hagler
"You can't yell fire in a crowded building, and you can't get on social media brandishing weapons and threaten a terrorist attack.
We live in a world where you have to take it seriously."
The chief said the teen's airsoft weapons looked alarmingly authentic, especially the AR-15.
"If that kid had walked into a restaurant with that in the middle of the afternoon, I guarantee you one of my lawfully-armed citizens, if not one of my police officers, would have shot him,'' Hagler