Acid Bombs & Scares

Title: Homemade Acid Bombs Found On College Campus In Florida
January 29, 2012
Fox News

Abstract: Police are investigating after several homemade acid bombs were planted on the Valencia College campus in Orlando, Fla., reports.

A total of seven bottles were found in parking lots along walkways near buildings, the station reports. Two of the bottles exploded Friday night, about 100 yards apart.

The bombs are made using soda bottles and household chemicals, according to

Earlier, three acid bombs were found in an alley behind a student building and a parking lot as students were returning from winter break. Two of those bombs exploded.

No one has been hurt in the incidents (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Acid Bottle Bombs Found At Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
October 7, 2012
Herald Mail

Authorities are investigating 13 soda bottle bombs that were found Saturday afternoon in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints parking lot at 1253 Mount Aetna Road, according to the Maryland Fire Marshal’s Office.

The fire marshal’s office described the bombs as “chemical reaction devices,” according to a news release.

The bombs were made by mixing hydrochloric acid with aluminum foil, Maryland Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman Bruce Bouch said Sunday night. Heat builds up in the bottle until it explodes, he said.

A neighbor noticed the devices, 10 of which had been detonated, the release said.

Three of the devices were determined to be safe, and the remains of all of them were collected for evaluation, the release said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Hagerstown Fire Marshal’s Office assisted in the 1:51 p.m. incident, the release said.

Bouch said children can learn how to make the bombs on the Internet, and they often do not realize that there are criminal penalties for making them.

“It just looks like something fun to do,” said Bouch, adding that the bombs can cause blindness or respiratory problems in people who are exposed to the spewed material.

Bouch said it does not appear there was any malicious intent in Saturday’s incident (Herald Mail, 2012).

Title: Chemical Bombs Exploding In Yucaipa Yards, Mailboxes
October 10, 2012

Someone has been setting off chemical bombs in yards and mailboxes in Yucaipa.

In the past few days, nine pressure bomb explosions have been reported in the area.

Although no one has been injured, police report the acid bombs create a very dangerous situation.

“The pressure bombs can cause extensive injuries, possibly death,” said Sgt. Fred Gonzalez from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Gonzalez confirmed the chemical bombs are produced in plastic bottles with certain household items.

“Unfortunately, those things are all over the Internet. If anyone wants to look it up, it’s there,” he said.

On Tuesday, a 2-liter bottle exploded across the street from Karen Weaver’s home.

“(It) sounds like a gunshot. It’s really loud,” she said.

Weaver said the incidents seem to be random.

“I think it’s just kids being kids. They have nothing else better to do,” she said (CBS LA, 2012).

Medical Examiner's Office Evacuated After Explosive Acid Found
October 12, 2012
Chicago Tribune

Abstract: The Cook County medical examiner's office was briefly evacuated after a technician doing inventory found a potentially explosive acid in a storage closet Thursday, an official said.

About 60 workers at the office, 2121 W. Harrison St., had to leave the building around 12:40 p.m. Thursday as the Chicago Police Bomb and Arson Unit removed a 14-ounce bottle of potentially explosive picric acid, according to Mary Paleologos, a spokeswoman for the office.

A technician inventorying a storage closet found a 14-ounce bottle of picric acid which had crystallized, according to Paleologos. The acid is used to dye human tissue, but becomes explosive when it crystallizes, so officials called police and the Fire Department.

The acid was widely used as an explosive before World War I, and still is used in some explosive devices for military use.

Medical examiner’s employees at first were sent to a basement conference room as the Fire Department’s hazardous materials team assessed the situation.

When the police bomb squad was called to remove the acid, employees were sent outside. Police removed the bottle from the second-floor closet in about half an hour, Paleologos said.

The inventory was part of a check of chemicals at the medical examiner’s office (Chicago Tribune, 2012).

Title: Acid Bomb Discovered In South Redondo
October 30, 2012
Redondo Beach Patch

A taped-up blue plastic bottle discarded on the sidewalk along South Juanita Avenue between El Camino Real and Serpentine Street in South Redondo Beach turned out to be an acid bomb, authorities told Patch.

Police first received a call alerting them of a suspicious device at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Officer Chris Sosenko of the Redondo Beach Police Department. A passerby had noticed the device while walking along the sidewalk next to Alta Vista Park.

"I walked up to it (and) saw that it looked like some kind of possible explosive device," Sosenko said.

Sosenko called his watch commander. The Redondo Beach Fire Department was notified, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad was called out.

Firefighters evacuated the immediate area and notified Alta Vista Elementary School and the recreation center at Alta Vista Park of the device, according to Capt. Isaac Yang of RBFD. Neither the school nor the park were evacuated.

A member of the Bomb Squad neutralized the bomb by shooting it with special ammunition, Sosenko said.

Acid bombs are created by filling a container, such as a plastic soda bottle, with acid. Aluminum foil is inserted and the container is sealed. As the acid reacts with the foil, the pressure builds up inside until the bottle bursts, Sosenko said.

Though the bomb would not have destroyed a house, it could have injured anyone who might have picked it up, he said.

He said police do not believe the device, which was probably tossed out of a passing car on Monday night, had any connection to the nearby elementary school.

LASD investigators will check the tape for fingerprints, Sosenko said.

Once the device was neutralized and evidence collected, firefighters rinsed down the area and sprinkled baking soda to dilute and neutralize the acid.

People who see any sort of suspicious device in their neighborhood should keep their distance and call 911, Yang said. "Don't investigate it on your own … let it sit where it sits" until authorities arrive (Redondo Beach Patch, 2012).

Title: Police Notes: Acid Bomb Blew On Halloween
November 2, 2012
Times Call

A man told police on Thursday that a small acid bomb exploded in his backyard on Halloween night on the 1800 block of Sunlight Drive, according to reports. There are no suspects and the case is closed.

A thief stole a mountain bike from the porch of a home on the 800 block of Parklane Avenue on Wednesday, police reported.

A window and coffee table were damaged by a rock at a home on the 1000 block of Purdue Drive on Wednesday, police reported. An unidentified boy is suspected of causing the damages (Times Call, 2012).