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Posted on Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 9:15 a.m.

Ypsilanti police investigate report of bottle bombs being detonated

By Staff

Ypsilanti police will seek charges against a teen who they say detonated several pop-bottle bombs early Friday afternoon.

Police said they were called to the 900 block of West Michigan Avenue shortly after noon for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, another witness said the sounds were more like explosions. Police checked the area and found evidence that pop-bottle bombs had been set off.

Police said they identified a 16-year-old suspect. The investigation is continuing but police said they do plan to seek charges.



Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 5:02 p.m.

This happened in our area as well. Near Ecorse I believe. Our local deputies are investigating this as well. Wonder if they are related?


Sun, Feb 19, 2012 : 2:57 p.m.

When I was a kid we would use a paint can with a hole in the bottom and a tight lid. We would place some calcium carbide crystals in the bottom with a little water, and ignite it from about eight feet away. We had so much fun all summer long firing carbide cannons in the fields of Michigan. This kind of juvenile curiosity led to a lifelong pursuit, of the greater understanding of chemistry and scientific knowledge. I could say the same when we ventured into model rocketry and pyrotechnics. Young men and old have a great curiosity for things that go boom! Disclaimer: KIds don't try this at home!

johnn Hutchins

Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 6:40 p.m.

So kids playing outside, learning physics, and conducting fun experiments is illegal now? That's a shame this is even news worthy... Should find those kids and give them a scholarship for college!!! You might want to take the two guys from Mythbusters to jail, they did this exact same thing a few days ago on TV with dry ice, water, and a 2 litter.

Elaine F. Owsley

Sat, Feb 18, 2012 : 4:04 p.m.

I fail to understand how any of the additional "news" stories are "related" to the first.