COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ)– It’s a dangerous prank that has people posting videos all over the Internet.

But after a child was almost hit by a bottle bomb, Monique Griego says police are taking notice.

Explosives detonated right in the middle of a neighborhood. Videos of people setting off homemade bombs are the latest prank to take the Internet by storm.

“What we’re finding is that juveniles are using plastic soda bottles to make what they refer to as bottle bombs,” Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for the Howard County Police Department, said.

The bottles contain a combination of corrosive chemicals that when mixed can explode.

“What we’re seeing mostly is that these are being put into mailboxes and exploding the mailboxes, and being put in residential communities,” Llewellyn said. “We had one that exploded in a driveway.”

But last week on Thunder Hill Road in Columbia, this practical joke turned very dangerous.

“We heard pops and I thought they were gunshots,” Joe and Betty Andrew, who live in the neighborhood, said.

Behind the Andrews’ home a bottle bomb went off and narrowly missed a child.

‘It didn’t hit him but it scared him,” they explained.

Neighbors tell WJZ a little boy was playing on the fence when the bomb went off. They believe some teens or kids might have been hiding off in the woods waiting for it to explode.

So far, there have been five cases of explosions, and in February police arrested three teens.

The Andrews say they want pranksters to realize police aren’t joking.

“We hope it will scare them enough to not plant them around here anymore. Not around here.”

Police say people caught setting off bottle bombs can face felony charges. They add that anyone who sees anything suspicious should call 911.

Comments (16)
  1. Jeff says:

    OMG! Get a grip and take a pill. It almost seemed, like maybe, it possibly could hit but it didn’t…LOL.

    1. Laurel says:

      wow…if that were kid you would be screaming mad….it’s people like you why the world so messed up.

    2. M2 says:

      What kind of idiot are you? You think this is funny? Try spraying Drano in your own eyes and then laugh about it, jerk.

  2. dave says:

    Bored little rich white pricks. Smash their faces & then their I-pads.

    1. John says:

      Exactly what I was thinking…..Hopefully they will get caught and be required to pay fines and do community service. Their parents need to keep an eye on their kids.

  3. Col says:

    Rich? White? You obviously haven’t been to Thunder Hill Rd.

    1. JC says:

      LMAO… It just goes to show ignorance in MD!

      1. dave says:

        Where there’s blacks , there’s trouble big time. These junglr bunnys can’t control themselves.

  4. dave says:

    Col, No I haven’t, thought only Asians & Whites lived in Howard cty given their annual average $income. So when did the government realize it’s cheaper & our problem to ship them to the counties with $$ vouchers than to build projects to house the porch monkeys.

  5. Ryan says:

    I used to do this as a kid. But in my day we were smarter to do it in open areas. these bottle bombs dont hurt much. i got hit my one accidently. seems to me like ya’lls r makin too big of a deal outta this. chill out…

  6. JC says:

    Dave: are you saying that is must be, because they are rich and white; that these kids are being troublesome juveniles? I don’t believe money , nor race has anything to do with the fact, that kids will be kids – no matter where they are from, and how much money they have or… You guessed it; skin color. I know this comes as a shock.. but it is true.

  7. JB says:

    I dont see what all the fuss is about. big deal people are recreating what happens on the internet, has anyone ever been on youtube? all thats on it is people getting hurt and other stupid stunts why? to humor people like me.

    Its not like anyone is getting hurt its just an upgraded version of ridin around and beatin mailboxes with baseball bats

  8. meeeeeeeeeeeeee says:

    Ok Tanerite is legal separate… You are allowed to combine I believe under 50 pounds to be legal prior to ignition… You can recreate these bottle bombs with dry ice and water which is probably cheaper than the chemicals with the exact same results… It sounds like a 12 guage going off… granted it is a noise disturbance but other than that the most they will do is blow a finger off or put an eye out… less risk than going to a public school where other kids go postal with guns or jump someone into ICU..

  9. dave says:

    These kids are bored & have no purpose. They need to be pushed & challenged in a good way to bring out their talents. Unless they are just zero’s having been relocated via section 8 into Howard cty because of quotas & guilt by federal employees that love to spend other peoples money, then just line them up & shoot their little ass’es & save us the trouble from later on in life.

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