6:11 PM EDT, October 9, 2012
Investigators have determined that two 11-year-old boys were responsible for manufacturing soda bottle bombs that were detonated in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints parking lot at 1253 Mount Aetna Road on Saturday, the Maryland Fire Marshal’s Office said Tuesday.
The boys learned how to make the bombs on the Internet and experimented with them Saturday afternoon on the parking lot, the fire marshal’s office said.
Officials said 13 soda bombs were found in the parking lot and 10 had been detonated. The bombs were made by mixing hydrochloric acid with aluminum foil, according to the fire marshal’s office.
The boys have been referred to an organized referral program to address the seriousness of their actions, the fire marshal’s said in a news release.
On Saturday, a resident in the neighborhood heard repeated explosions and called 911, according to the release. No one was hurt and there was no property damage, officials said.
Fire Marshal’s Office spokesman Bruce Bouch said previously that children can learn how to make the bombs on the Internet and they often do not realize that there are criminal penalties for making them.
“The construction of these types of devices in this and similar incidents have sometimes been misrepresented as fun. However, the seriousness and destructive nature of these devices can cause: loss of vision, respiratory distress, loss of extremities and possibly death,” State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard said Tuesday.
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