MPD: Bottle Bombs Not a Joke 9/9/13
CBS 7 News
September 9, 2013
Midland, TX - It’s so easy to make, many teens have posted "how-to" videos on YouTube but what they leave out is the how easy it is to end up with felony charges or even worse.
Midland Police are looking for male teens who used bottle bombs Saturday night on New Castle Dr.
A resident took a picture of an exploded bottle and foil, which was left behind. Investigators now say its evidence to a crime. Housecleaning bottles were also found in the nearby ally.
"I'm real surprised at that kind of destruction happening, but I really think there are people out there trying to hurt others all the time,” said Midland resident Larry Riddle.
The MPD is warning residents to be wary around distorted bulging plastic bottles left in yards and streets because the chemicals inside are unpredictable.
“We could be picking things up that could explode in our hand,” said Sherry Riddle, “That is scary.”
When the ingredients are mixed in a bottle and sealed they create and explosion of acid and shrapnel that can lead to eye damage or severed limbs.
These pranks are making headlines nationwide.
In 2009 five teens in Austin, TX were accused of causing damage at a teachers home using these homemade bottle bombs. They are charged with criminal mischief, which is a state jail felony.
“It’s destructive and it could hurt or kill somebody,” Riddle said.
Midland investigators say depending on the case teens could be charged from a noise violation to using a prohibited weapon, which is a felony.
If you have information on the teens who used the bottle bombs over the weekend you can call the Midland CrimeStoppers at 694-TIPS.