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druid
01-24-2011, 09:07 PM
As many of you might know, I work for the DOC/SRT and am in constant contact in the LE circles.

YouTube - Bottle bomb detonated

I got this in an email today, put it through Snopes. They, along with LE determined it to be a real and continuing threat. It's kind of useless to redact out the ingredients, due to the investigative nature of people but the quantities of ingredients are not present in this article:

http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bottlebomb.asp

The Email I received:

Straight from Davidson County Sheriff�s office:

Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little water in soda bottles and
Capping it up - leaving it on lawns. When you go to pick up the trash,
And the bottle is shaken just a little - in about 30 seconds or less it
Builds up a gas and explodes with enough force to remove some of your
Extremities. The liquid that comes out is boiling hot as well.

Don't pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or in
The gutter, etc.

Pay attention to this.

1. A plastic bottle with a cap.
2. A little Drano.
3. A little water..
4. A small piece of foil.
5. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!!
No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc.

People are finding these "bombs" in mailboxes and in their yards, just
Waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the trash. But, you'll never make it!!! It takes about 30 seconds to blow after you move the thing.

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DO NOT TOUCH RANDOM BOTTLES PLACED ANYWHERE YOU DIDN'T PUT THEM YOURSELVES.

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It's really sad that kids are so bored they have to come up with this kind of crap. Guess baseball is out anymore...

leed
01-24-2011, 09:49 PM
Man I hate people sometimes..

durrell
01-25-2011, 07:20 AM
Man I hate people sometimes..

I was thinking the same thing. Kind of makes me glad I live in a rural area where joyriding and crap like that doesn't happen as much.

WhatThaSmurf
01-25-2011, 09:25 AM
I had a dream I tried to make one of these last night, except for some reason one of the ingredients was ice cream...

2005modxtra
01-25-2011, 04:32 PM
i know guys use to make those in high school they would shake it and shov eit in the mail box though so it would blow. They watched it blow up at night too never left it to hurt someone thats just dumb.

DFSniper
01-25-2011, 06:13 PM
i remember a similar message last year.

Arias
01-25-2011, 06:30 PM
I used to make these when I was younger and let me tell you that they do not have enough force to blow off extremities. That is just insane. It's just a plastic bottle not a grenade. There is no shrapnel to do any bodily harm. The worst case scenario would be it getting in your eyes which would probably cause temporary blindness. Nothing a little water can't fix.

leed
01-25-2011, 08:23 PM
Perhaps not blow off extremities, but drano is a corrosive substance, and will burn. Not to mention, I imagine a plastic bottle an take some toll on human flesh near it if being held while it bursts.

Besides, it stands to reason to reason if that you won't take a video of you holding one while it going off, than I would imagine that you would not think it safe either.

druid
01-25-2011, 11:04 PM
I used to make these when I was younger and let me tell you that they do not have enough force to blow off extremities.
Well now that would depend on the size of the device, now wouldn't it?
Firecrackers...codename...
"Ladyfinger"...merely tickles your hand. On the other side of the coin...
""Silver Dollar"...takes you hand and throws it across he parking lot to tickle someone else when it lands on them...


That is just insane. It's just a plastic bottle not a grenade. There is no shrapnel to do any bodily harm. The worst case scenario would be it getting in your eyes which would probably cause temporary blindness. Nothing a little water can't fix.

It think it best you keep your uninspiring opinions to yourself until you do what leed asks:

Perhaps not blow off extremities, but drano is a corrosive substance, and will burn. Not to mention, I imagine a plastic bottle an take some toll on human flesh near it if being held while it bursts.

Besides, it stands to reason to reason if that you won't take a video of you holding one while it going off, than I would imagine that you would not think it safe either.

'nuff said.

RSX99
01-26-2011, 12:48 AM
Thanks for the heads up.

Arias
01-26-2011, 03:53 AM
It think it best you keep your uninspiring opinions to yourself until you do what leed asks:



'nuff said.

Uninspiring hmmm... I'm not trying to educate a nation. Informative, yes. I talk out of personal experience because it happened to a friend of mine. The bottle bomb took long to detonate and he went to pick it up to give it another shake and it blew right when he went to pick it up. As I said the only symptoms he suffered was temporary blindness until we took him in and ran water through his eyes and face.
Now as far as taking a video for 2 forum members who disagree with my public and personal opinion through a forum. Now that is insane.
Druid you need to settle down as this is not a debate nor a battle ground. Personal opinions are what forums are made of hence this post being filed under General Spyder Discussion. Educated, honest, and respectful opinions are what matter most.

WhatThaSmurf
01-26-2011, 10:48 AM
Still sounds like a pretty stupid thing to me, as anything that causes temporary blindness could technically cause permanent blindness.

Arias
01-26-2011, 11:18 AM
Still sounds like a pretty stupid thing to me, as anything that causes temporary blindness could technically cause permanent blindness.

Not if it were filled with ice cream!

WhatThaSmurf
01-26-2011, 07:16 PM
I enjoyed that dream.

druid
01-26-2011, 09:41 PM
Uninspiring hmmm... I'm not trying to educate a nation. Informative, yes. I talk out of personal experience because it happened to a friend of mine. The bottle bomb took long to detonate and he went to pick it up to give it another shake and it blew right when he went to pick it up. As I said the only symptoms he suffered was temporary blindness until we took him in and ran water through his eyes and face.
Now as far as taking a video for 2 forum members who disagree with my public and personal opinion through a forum. Now that is insane.
Druid you need to settle down as this is not a debate nor a battle ground. Personal opinions are what forums are made of hence this post being filed under General Spyder Discussion. Educated, honest, and respectful opinions are what matter most.

Good for you...talking from "personal experience"......I don't care if you made a thousand of them and escaped unscathed in every instance.

The problem is not the fact that these devices might be "fun" when in some remote field...or country like...wherever......

......the problem is these morons are placing them in such a way that the ingredients don't react until the intended VICTIM moves them. That's Malicious Intent to Do Bodily Harm...meaning...the kids who are placing these devices FULLY INTEND TO HURT THE VICTIMS.

Perhaps if you took the time to realize the intent of my post, you might not have responded so "tongue in cheek" about it.

WhatThaSmurf
01-26-2011, 10:57 PM
I'd also like to point out that joining a forum doesn't necessarily entitle you to a certain position or opinion. As a human you can think and say whatever you want, but as a member of a forum you are required to avoid any discussion that may be offensive.

Not saying anyone here said anything particularly offensive, but Arias did bring up something about personal opinions and forums. I frequent forums, and help run one. You are not fully entitled to your opinion, and that is understood when you register.

Just one of my pet peeves, people thinking they can say whatever they want even if they might offend someone.

Hoppy11
01-27-2011, 03:20 AM
I'd also like to point out that joining a forum doesn't necessarily entitle you to a certain position or opinion. As a human you can think and say whatever you want, but as a member of a forum you are required to avoid any discussion that may be offensive...

Thank you. Remember guys, disagreements and discussions are perfectly fine. Just take it down a notch. Just because its a personal opinion doesn't mean you can take personal shots. I'm not talking to any one specifically, so just think of others before you post.

Arias
01-27-2011, 05:17 AM
Good for you...talking from "personal experience"......I don't care if you made a thousand of them and escaped unscathed in every instance.

The problem is not the fact that these devices might be "fun" when in some remote field...or country like...wherever......

......the problem is these morons are placing them in such a way that the ingredients don't react until the intended VICTIM moves them. That's Malicious Intent to Do Bodily Harm...meaning...the kids who are placing these devices FULLY INTEND TO HURT THE VICTIMS.

Perhaps if you took the time to realize the intent of my post, you might not have responded so "tongue in cheek" about it.
I do realize the intent of your post as it is a public service warning to help create public awareness and I do not have to reedit my posts coloring them in and increasing the text size to make them stand out. Those people doing the pranks have no respect for others. All they get in reward of their actions is a good laugh. We have to take in account all the wasted resources as seen in the video due to this prank. Calling the local authorities and having a bomb squad deployed to neutralize the threat with a charge and not to mention paramedics present in case something goes wrong. All this for a 2 or 3 dollar prank.

shunut
01-27-2011, 05:44 AM
Ok let me step in here...

First of all, everyone is entitled to there own opinion here and nobody should be "attacked" because their opinion differs from yours (to a certain extent, if you were posting Nazi type messages, while I wouldn't attack you, you would not be welcome to share your opinion here).

Now to the heart of this matter/thread. Arias, 2 or 3 or a billion dollar prank, if someone other than the person who created the bomb gets hurt, it is wrong and illegal. We do not condone illegal activities in any way, shape or form on this website. If you want to build these bombs and set them off away from civilization for your own entertainment, by all means do so, as long as it is LEGAL. As far as I know, bomb building of any type, regardless of use, is ILLEGAL, in the United States and since that is where this website operates, those are the laws we follow. These acts are not to be taken light heartedly, prank or not. If innocent people are getting hurt due to these pranks, it is not amusing, and if you think that it is, please do not share that opinion here, and I also urge you to talk to a councilor.

Please don't take my post as choosing sides or attacking anybody. I have a responsibility to the site and to Kingman. Illegal activities have been discussed on other websites and those websites, whether aware of those discussions or not, have been subject to prosecution, which I will not let happen on this site. While I don't think this discussion is horrible, I need you (everyone) to understand my position and the reason for my post.

Arias
01-27-2011, 09:51 AM
I don't know if you guys are misinterpreting my posts. I do not approve of these actions. I shared a personal experience that happened about 15 years ago. Shunut the mere fact that I gave the prank a monetary value does not represent the intent or nature of said act. I said it to show how resources were unnecessarily put to use due to a couple individuals satisfying there sick needs. If I have offended anyone I do apologize as it was not my intent, but I do ask to read the posts carefully as to not misinterpret or put words where they are not.

WhatThaSmurf
01-27-2011, 10:49 AM
Out of hand thread has gotten out of hand.

2005modxtra
01-27-2011, 01:29 PM
Wow what a great discussion! I have "first hand" witnessed some of these as i posted before. i have seen them destroy mailboxes, not rip them to shreads but dent them from the inside out. there is some SMALL force with these things. i believe that at worse some cuts or eye irritation are at worse case scenario. Just to note if you see one walk over slowly reach down take the cap off away from your face should not have any harm. Secondly i would check with all law enforcement in your area before making them for pleasure but i do not believe they are classified as a "bomb". ( i am not saying anyone is wrong or right just stating my opinion and experience ) ( ive seen kids do worse with gasoline )

fatkidfrompbaz
01-27-2011, 04:37 PM
Some kid did something similar to this a few years ago and put it in some kid's backpack on school campus. Then I remember everyone hearing a bang but no one knew what it was until later in the day a letter was sent out to our parents. It explained what happened and how the kid got expulsion and so on. Luckily the kid was not hurt.

bigred76
01-27-2011, 08:09 PM
I don't know about you guys, but if I caught someone trying to pull this 'prank' on me or my girlfriend, I would be going to jail. For a while.

WhatThaSmurf
01-27-2011, 10:04 PM
Are you referring to the assault charges you would incur by the savage beating you would deliver to the punk who tried to cause you or yours bodily harm?

druid
01-28-2011, 03:40 AM
Nah...for rubbing his ginger hair on the offender....

Ace24
02-10-2011, 07:57 AM
Lol. I'd have to agree with Tim. First I've seen of these. Most people here just do coke and mentos.