Houston Police Chief Jim McNiell says three incidents involving homemade bombs were reported Friday night by Houston residents.
McNiell said the bombs were likely made by kids and were constructed using plastic water bottles and other common household components. A chemical reaction apparently causes pressure to build in the bottle and a subsequent explosion.
One incident investigated by McNiell involved a woman who reported hearing an explosion in her yard. The remnants of the bomb were found at the scene.
No suspects have been identified.
McNiell said that anyone caught making or exploding the bombs will be subject to criminal charges, including three felonies based on state law, misdemeanor peace disturbance and possibly property damage.
“I want to caution kids that the use of these bombs does constitute a crime,” McNiell said, “but they could also be potentially hazardous to the person or people using them. This is a dangerous thing to do, and we definitely advise against it and won’t tolerate it.”
This is a dangerous thing to do, and we definitely advise against it and won’t tolerate it.”