Community Warned Its Kids Are Making Explosives
If they're not flinging rubber bands at one another, they're exchanging spit wads. And if it's not rubber bands or spit wads, it's homemade explosives made from drink containers filled with Drano or other household chemicals.
Whoa! We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto! The Munchkins are armed with explosives.
KTVU television in Oakland, Calif., reports Novato School District officials sent emails to parents in the northern California community on May 11 to warn them that homemade bombs are becoming increasingly popular.
"I would say it's probably been the past two weeks, two to three weeks, that it's been a pickup in the phone calls to us," Sgt. David Bettin of the Novato Police Department tells the TV stations.
Bettin tells KTVU authorities if someone picks up a bottle bomb to recycle or throw in the trash, he or she could shake it enough to make it explode.
"I think that's pretty alarming and scary, because that's something that a child could pick up," Novato parent Amanda Jacobson tells the TV station.
Bettin tells KTVU no one in Novato has been injured by a bottle bomb so far. However, officers arrested a group of teenagers in January for making and setting off Drano bombs.
The devices are dangerous, he tells the station.
"The fluid is boiling hot and it explodes with great force," Bettin says. "You can actually lose fingers."
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.