“Work Bombs”

We recently received the information below about what are often called “Works bombs.”

There have been a couple of incidents in Novato and a recent incident in Vacaville where a citizen was injured.  We are sending this out for your information and safety so you can take the appropriate precautions in dealing with this type of incident.

Kids are making explosives by combining various materials in a soda bottle and capping it, then leaving it on lawns or even in mailboxes. When you pick the bottle up to throw it in the trash, and the bottle is shaken just a little, in about 30 seconds or less it builds up a gas and explodes.

The amount of force generated by the bomb is enough to sever fingers, and the liquid that comes out is boiling hot as well, and can cause 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

If you see a suspicious soda bottle – especially one that has tin foil inside, or appears to be swollen or melting — please contact your local law enforcement agency. Do not pick the bottle up.

The liquid inside is often dark brown, and can be mistaken for leftover soda.


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