PASADENA, Md. -
The Anne Arundel County Police and Fire Departments are warning people about the dangers of explosives commonly known as “bottle bombs” after teens threw one at a child on a school playground in Pasadena.
Both agencies have investigated several incidents of "bottle bomb" pranks in the last two years with one incident resulting in serious injuries to the victim. Fire investigators handled 28 cases in 2011 and six cases so far in 2012. Bottle bombs have become popular among teenagers who find instructions on the internet.
The latest incident occurred Monday at around 6:30pm when two juveniles threw a bottle bomb at a 6-year-old on the playground of Sunset Elementary School in Pasadena. Police say the “bomb” exploded but did not hurt the girl.
When officers arrived they found a number of teenagers on the bleachers of the school with plastic bottles and household chemicals nearby. A 13-year-old and a 15-year-old from Pasadena were arrested charged as juveniles on felony citations with Reckless Endangerment, Possession of a Destructive Device-Manufacturing and Distributing and related charges.
The Police Department continues to investigate this incident along with Fire Investigators.
Any citizen encountering a suspicious device or container that may be filled with chemicals or emanating a suspicious odor is urged to immediately call 9-1-1
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