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Bottle bomb found

September 12, 2008
By KIM HOYUM, Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE - Police discovered a bottle bomb in a parking deck in downtown Marquette Thursday morning and are investigating some juvenile suspects in the incident.

At about 10:26 a.m. Thursday, Marquette City Police Department officers responded to a call of a suspicious object in the parking ramp in the 100 block of North Front Street

They found a two-liter pop bottle filled with a liquid and a ball of tin foil. The two substances can combine to give off a gas which then blows up the bottle, police explained.

Such bombs are rarely destructive but can be dangerous, police said, since makers of the devices sometimes receive chemical burns during their construction. In this incident, the bottle did not explode and officers dismantled it on scene, police said.

The charge in such an incident would be possession of bombs with unlawful intent, which is a felony punishable by 15 years in prison, police said.

Later Thursday afternoon, at about 3:50 p.m., officers were called to a report of several juvenile males putting similar bottle bombs in traffic on Fisher Street.

Police have identified suspects, and are investigating that incident in relation to the parking ramp bomb, but said anyone with information is still asked to contact the department at 228-0400.

 
 

 

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