Officials warn Bernie Sanders meme is actually explosive recipe - WNEM TV 5

Officials warn Bernie Sanders meme is actually explosive recipe

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A potentially dangerous recipe is making its rounds on social media.

It's being passed off as a way to make glow sticks for a presidential candidate.

The concoction is dangerous and experts warn it could cause serious injuries.

This political campaign season has certainly had its fair share of fireworks, but there has been nothing as potentially explosive as a picture going around social media. It looks like an ad supporting Bernie Sanders, offering instructions on how to make so-called Bernie Sanders glow sticks.

The recipe is actually for a deadly chlorine bomb.

"As you can see from the video here, if you were holding on to that it could blow your hand off. You'd end up in the ER with some serious injuries," said Sgt. Russell Kolb, with the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office.

Kolb is trained to deal with explosives and he wore his safety equipment as he set off a few of the bombs to show their devastating effects.

He said it's scary the concoction is being passed off as glow sticks and hopes the controlled experiment will keep people from hurting themselves.

"I don't know why anybody would take it that far. And really, if you're doing it as a glow stick, you are aiming toward kids and if someone is trying to injure kids, that's pretty low," Kolb said.

Kolb said spreading directions like that on social media could be illegal.

"There could be terrorism charges involved with doing something such as that," Kolb said.

He said nobody should try it at home.

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