Bay Co. Sheriff warns of "Drano Bombs" after three found near da - WNEM TV 5

Bay Co. Sheriff warns of "Drano Bombs" after three found near daycare center

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Drano bombs, works bombs, acid bombs. It doesn't matter what you call them, they can be deadly. On Thursday, three of them were found near a local daycare center.   

Bay County Sheriff's Deputies found them in a Bangor Township neighborhood and they told TV5 it is no laughing matter. A homeowner called about something suspicious near a child's playground. Deputies found three homemade explosives on Richards Road.

"Now this is scary, this is nuts," said Ted Mouw, who lives in the neighborhood.

Police say he's right.

"These are absolutely dangerous," Bay County Sheriff Troy Cunningham said.

Cunningham said plastic bottles were used for the so-called "Drano Bombs." The explosives are made by using a plastic bottle, pouring drano in it, and dropping a piece of tin foil inside setting off the chemical reaction. Pressure builds and that leads to a big explosion.

"If people pick one of these up, thinking they're picking up trash, and it detonates, which it's going to, it could be lethal, it could blow off extremities, or seriously hurt somebody," Cunningham said.    

Cunningham said the ones the department found on Thursday were destroyed when he used a pellet gun to release the pressure. Now, the evidence is headed to the crime lab to see if any fingerprints can be lifted.

"Thinking they're playing chemistry lab, then the results can be fatal," Cunningham said.

Back in the neighborhood, Mouw said he's never heard of a "Drano Bomb" until this incident and he hopes it's the last time.

"It's crazy to think that somebody is actually doing that kind of stuff," Mouw said.

It's no secret how to make these explosives, so the sheriff's office wants you to contact them if you see one.

Look for tin foil inside and do not approach it if the bottle looks as if its expanded.

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