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    Default Homemade Chemical Explosives

    In the past 4 weeks there have been a number of instances where acid bombs have been set off in the Savannah area. Two people were injured at Savannah State and one person was injured at Daiquiri Island on Abercorn St. A patrol officer encountered at least three of these devices in the past several weeks.

    These devices are constructed of a plastic bottle, such as a water or soda bottle, a liquid chemical, and aluminum foil. When the chemical and aluminum foil are combined, the cap is placed on the bottle at which time pressure builds until the bottle explodes. The resulting explosion causes the chemical to spray in all directions. The chemical causes burns when it touches skin.

    Any person encountering this type device should stay clear of the area by at least 300 feet. Do not attempt to relieve the pressure on the bottle as it may explode without warning. Contact - 911 The Police and Bomb Disposal Unit will respond. You should call 911 even if the device has already exploded. If the device has exploded, the surrounding area should be considered contaminated.
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    Exclamation Another Version

    Another version of this type of bomb uses dry ice and water. The water causes the dry ice to warm up and turn to gas (carbon dioxide) which over pressurizes the container causing it to explode. Damage is similiar and the boom is big, but there are no chemicals to cause burns to victims.

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    Wink homemade bombs

    Quote Originally Posted by TFDHenry
    In the past 4 weeks there have been a number of instances where acid bombs have been set off in the Savannah area. Two people were injured at Savannah State and one person was injured at Daiquiri Island on Abercorn St. A patrol officer encountered at least three of these devices in the past several weeks.

    These devices are constructed of a plastic bottle, such as a water or soda bottle, a liquid chemical, and aluminum foil. When the chemical and aluminum foil are combined, the cap is placed on the bottle at which time pressure builds until the bottle explodes. The resulting explosion causes the chemical to spray in all directions. The chemical causes burns when it touches skin.

    Any person encountering this type device should stay clear of the area by at least 300 feet. Do not attempt to relieve the pressure on the bottle as it may explode without warning. Contact - 911 The Police and Bomb Disposal Unit will respond. You should call 911 even if the device has already exploded. If the device has exploded, the surrounding area should be considered contaminated.
    sounds interresting, We will continue to look for anything that looks like that. Sounds like something that is used at a party to disperse, get attention or just for fun.

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    One of the chemicals that makes this reaction happen is Draino or a similar chemical. Hopefullyy this will help you if you ever respond to such an incident.
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    What we have found here in Texas is they use muriatic (mostly) or sulfuric acid. They get these from the pool supply or hardware store to build their lovely exploding (more powerful than you think) device. The interesting note is the purity of the aluminium foil. The time limit for for explosion could be almost immediate, a few minutes, an hour or so or never. You can't reverse the reaction and I don't think you want to shoot B B's or throw rocks at unexploded devices ( it could be an option though). I'd let the police decide what to do until it goes off unless the fire department is the bomb squad.

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