Lafayette Police Investigate Homemade Bomb

Chemical bomb contained in plastic soda bottle found Sunday in Glenside Drive yard was rendered harmless; there were no injuries or explosions.

The Lafayette Police Department is investigating an incident involving a homemade chemical bomb that was found at 7:30 a.m. Sunday in the front yard of a residence on the 3200 block of Glenside Drive in Lafayette.

Police responded to the location and saw the device, which was contained in a plastic soda bottle, according to a Lafayette police press release. The device was rendered safe by officers. It is unknown how long the device was in the front yard and who placed it there.

There were no injuries or property damage. Lafayette Police collected the homemade chemical bomb for further analysis.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at (925) 283-3680.

CJ February 20, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Ridiculous. WHat is a "homemade bomb in a plastic soda bottle"? Mentos in lidquid? Really people. You are nuts if you want to call this a bomb. It is at best a juvenile prank seen on thousands of Youtube videos and clip shows. This Patch stuff has really jumped the shark.
Creek Diva February 20, 2013 at 06:57 PM
@CJ they can be dangerous if other chemicals are used: http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bottlebomb.asp
CJ February 20, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Technically a thrown baseball is dangerous. Spare me the PC nonsense . This is a non story about a dud Mentos or Dry Ice bomb. Fun shenanigans?....yes. Childish prank?....yes. Bomb?? Absolutley not. A bomb implies intent to commit actual mayhem. You wouldn't do that with a plastic bottle. Period.
Dive Turn Work February 21, 2013 at 04:31 AM
CJ - I agree this is blown out of proportion (so to speak). But, you statement about intent is stupidity at its finest. If one of these bombs were to blow off my hand - even if the kids who built it didn't intend for it to happen- I'd still want them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and sent to an adult prison where Bubba was their cellmate. Intent is irrelevant if physical harm comes to somebody. Absent physical harm then I say this incident is being overanalyzed.
CJ February 21, 2013 at 08:22 AM
DTW- It still is an extremely flimsy subject for a story. I am almost certain the photo is a stock photo, so we know nothing of the nature or intent of the device/prank. Just calling it a bomb is an attempt to instigate a fear reaction that is far from necessary and nearly equal to yelling fire in a crowded theatre. GIve more details.
Lance Howland (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 03:26 PM
CJ: The word "bomb" came from the police department's press release. The photo of the plastic bottle is not a stock photo — it's from the police press release and labeled as being from Lafayette PD. I attempted to get more details on motive or intent, but a police spokesman said that all they were saying about the incident was in the press release. -- Lance Howland, Patch editor
Don February 21, 2013 at 03:40 PM
The photo is of a "bottle bomb". The little balls inside are rolled up pieces of tin foil. They are mixed with a very strong acid (usually pool cleaning chemicals) to create a gas that overpressures the bottle causing an explosion. The gas created during the chemical reaction is toxic and will injure or kill you if you breathe enough in. The explosions can be substantial if the correct container is used (a soda bottle) since soda bottles are designed to contain the pressure of the carbonation. This means a stout container that only explodes after reaching very high pressure levels. A prank? Yes. Dangerous? Very.
Don February 21, 2013 at 03:43 PM
And these bottle bombs are specifically defined in the California Penal Code as "destructive devices" and are a felony to construct/possess.
Jim G. February 21, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Lance - When I first read this story I wasn't sure if the photo was stock or specific to this incident. In future would it be possible to indicate whether a photo that accompanies a story is a generic stock photo or that the photo is specific to the story - including the source of the photo?
Lance Howland (Editor) February 21, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Jim: I'd be happy to do that. This information was already on the photo. When you click on the photo, the caption and credit become visible. In this case, they say this: "Closeup of chemicals inside a plastic soda bottle bomb found in a Lafayette front yard." Credit Lafayette Police Department And thanks, Don, for some perspective on this.
LamorindaMan February 21, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Typical Lamorinda Parenting
Claire February 21, 2013 at 06:17 PM
What an obnoxious thing to say.
CJ February 21, 2013 at 06:29 PM
These devices are usually used to blow up mailboxes and trashcans. Just to keep the perspective on this. Drano/Muriatic acid is definitely not fun or harmless so yes if this is a prank gone wrong the perp should get some a proper punishment. Knowing when Patch uses a stock photo or not would be helpful as it is not uncommon to see them use stock and it leads to confusion.


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