Bottle bombs cause scare in local neighborhood

There is a danger in Saint Joseph County that may be in your front yard. On June 17th, residents in the Waterford Green Neighborhood contacted police about suspicious devices in their yards.

When police arrived, they identified the items as bottle bombs, made of 1-liter plastic soda bottles filled with Drain-O and a piece of foil. Police say, when these two interact, a chemical reaction occurs causing the bottle to explode.

“They can be extremely dangerous,” Lt. Matt Blank said. “The chemical reaction can take place over an unpredictable amount of time and cause a rather large explosion which can lead to some very serious injuries.”

Police found two devices in the front yard of two homes and a third device in a mailbox. All three were disposed of safely. Police say the mixture in the bottles is what they most commonly see in bottle bombs and cannot stress enough how dangerous they can be.

“If you do come across one of these devices, or suspect it to be one, contact us right away,” Lt. Blank said. “Don’t try to move it yourself because you could speed up the reaction process causing it to explode sooner than expected.”

If you do see one of these devices in your area, police say to call them immediately to properly dispose of the device.

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