3 Teens Allegedly Detonated Homemade Bombs In Woods

WEST VIEW (KDKA) — Three teenagers are facing charges after police in West View say they caught them detonating homemade bombs in the woods.

Police responded because people thought shots were being fired.

Officers set up a perimeter and saw flashes in the woods, but then say they realized they were dealing with teenagers setting off bombs made with pop bottles.

Austin Simmons, 18, and two 17-year-olds have been charged.

Police say knives were found in the pockets of the teens when they searched them.

West View Chief Bruce Fromlak says that’s when one of the 17-year-olds gave away his alleged involvement in a number of tire slashings.

Eight vehicles recently had tires slashed. The two 17-year-olds are charged in the vandalism; however, Simmons is not.

Chief Fromlak says the bombs were powerful enough that one of the teens could have severely injured himself.

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  • MsCynic

    Kind of a shame they weren’t injured – prove Darwin’s theory. Idiots.

  • FormerWildTeenager

    Fortunately, no one was injured and the boys will face justice. MsCynic, you should be ashamed for such a nasty remark.

  • Old Timer

    When I was a young teen, we used to make bombs out of plastic bottles. things. We didn’t do it as a malicious act nor to hurt anyone, nor to blow up anything other than the bottle. Frankly, I don’t think this type of device would blow up anything other than the bottle. We were intrigued at how the bottle changed before exploding. We did this in an open field away from the public. This was long before the 9/11 incident, so no one ever cared. The kids today may have more electronics and monetary things than we did as kids, but at least we had the freedom to explore without being arrested, though we NEVER committed any acts of vandalism like these kids did with slashing tires.

    • judge garrison

      completely agreed. cops should arrest my drug-dealer neighbors not kids who are just making these kind of bombs, it is fun and interesting. they should be strangled for slashing tires however.

  • Rob

    Those don’t seem like bombs, it seems as if all they are doing is putting Baking Soda and Vinegar in a bottle and letting it explode for the fun of it, not to hurt anyone or anything.

  • Wack It

    Maybe if they masturbate more they won’t want to play with fire……Worked for me

  • bobby

    toilet bowl cleaner and tin foil, all in good fun. no one would ever get hurt from these. it actually takes a while for it to explode.

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