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.

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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.

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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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