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It's Dan's fault

2010-08-13 03:43:05.863226+00 by ebradway 3 comments

Evidently some area kids are making soda bottle bombs and exploding them around their neighborhoods. Somerset happens to be a subdivision of "prairie mansions" - all at least 5,000 square feet and starting around $1.5M. Of course, the media makes it sound like it's some suburban al Qaeda:

“It’s scary,” Grauer said.

In both cases plastic bottles were filled with chemicals that create explosions powerful enough to hurt people.

Umm... yeah. You could say that a cap from a cap gun can "create an explosion powerful enough to hurt people."

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-08-13 22:02:03.987226+00 by: ebradway

The articles make it sound like the kids are just messing around at night. They aren't leaving booby traps. But the media and police are making it sound like every errant soda bottle is going to blow your arm off.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-08-13 17:44:44.935226+00 by: Dan Lyke

If you grab it, a soda bottle under pressure can break, or at least severely sprain, a wrist, and, as Larry points out, hot lye is something I'd like to avoid contact with.

Which is one of the reasons to offer adult guidance on something like this. I have no problems with kids blowing craters in the garden, but exposing unwitting passers-by to explosions is quite another deal.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-08-13 16:58:49.575226+00 by: Larry Burton

It sounds like they are using aluminum foil and lye to make these bombs so, yeah, these probably are being used in a dangerous manner. It's one thing to blow one up in the back yard, it's another thing to risk exposing an unknowing person to hot lye.