Special Report: Bottle bomb craze popping up in Southwest Florida
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SPECIAL REPORT: Authorities issued a warning to parents about a soda bottle bomb trend that's sweeping the nation. Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said with just a few clicks of a mouse, your kids can get the blueprints to build a bomb.
“The unfortunate thing is, nowadays you can go online and learn how to make anything.” Sheriff Prummell said.
Sheriff Bill Prummell said he believes boredom lights the fuse of curiosity.
“It is commonly used with the kids they learn about these chemical reactions in their science classes. They think it's cool to go out and check it out.” Sheriff Prummell said.
Law enforcement officials said the bomb making process is fairly easy. All you need is a soda or water bottle, aluminum foil and household cleaner. But, mix them together and you’ll get a very loud and hazardous reaction.
“It can cause burns to the skin, it can cause serious injury if it gets in your eyes or face, and it can blind you. God forbid if you swallow it can kill you if it gets in your mouth can burn your lungs.” Sheriff Prummell said.
The bottle bombs have been known to pop up in Southwest Florida. A couple of years ago, Greg Novack’s restaurant Joe Cracker in Port Charlotte was a target.
“They kind of pulled into these parking spots here and basically tossed the canister over on the grassy area.” Novack said.
“I didn't know what had happened, no one had, but all of a sudden there was an explosion.” Novack said.
Novack said luckily no one was seriously hurt, but the explosives did cause a major disruption
“The whole restaurant was basically shut down for about three hours because the fire department came in and they closed the front entrance.” Novack said.
Emergency officials said they want parents to keep tabs on what kids are getting into online, around the house and with their friends.
“If you hear them talking about this or expressing interest you need to take a very stern approach to this because it is very serious it can cause someone or your own child to be injured.” Sheriff Prummell said.
Not only are bottle bombs dangerous, they come with a price. Sheriff Prummell said if you get caught making or setting off any kind of explosive device, you’ll be charged with a felony.