Bottle Bombs in Shoreline

Friday, May 13, 2011

According to the King County Sheriff's office and Shoreline Police, several “bottle bombs” were found in Shoreline during the last month. Some exploded but there were no injuries and limited damage.

They are made using ordinary plastic pop bottles. They are partially filled with liquid and may contain aluminum foil.

The first was on April 18 in the 19300 block of 25th Ave NW about 10:45 PM. Four plastic pop bottles were found, three on the front porch and one on the shoulder in front of the house. One of the bottles in the porch had apparently burned.

The second incident was on April 19 about 11:15 AM in the 20100 block of 17th Ave NW. The owner found several pop bottles bombs around his fence and on his front porch. At least a couple had either explored or burned.

The last reported incident was on April 23 about 10:30 PM in the 18500 block of 3rd Ave NW. Five “exploded” bottles were thrown from a passing car towards a house at that location.

A suspect vehicle was located after the most recent incident and an 18 year-old was taken into custody, although at this point no charges have been filed. More arrests are likely.

“Pop bottle bombs” are very dangerous because they involve acid and explosions. If you find one, the police advise strongly that you leave it alone and call 911 immediately. The Bomb Disposal Unit is handling the investigation.

Call 911 if you have any information about who is making, placing, and throwing these devices.


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