Prosecutor Warns Against Homemade 'Drano Bombs'

8 years 11 months 21 hours ago Wednesday, June 29 2011 Jun 29, 2011 Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:51:00 AM CDT June 29, 2011 in News
Source: Jamie Goncalves
By: Associated Press

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) - Platte County officials are warning people to be on the lookout for homemade bombs that prosecutors say could hurt or kill someone.

WDAF reports the devices are made in a 2-liter soda bottle by mixing chemicals, including liquid drain cleaner, that can react and lead to a big explosion. Officials say they're hoping the bombs found in mailboxes and at least one yard are not the start of a trend.

Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd says people need to understand that it's a crime to make and detonate the bombs. He says people caught with the bombs could face a wide range of crimes, ranging from property damage to manslaughter, if someone is killed.

Officials say the bombs are extremely unstable and should be reported immediately if found.

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