Bottle bombs containing Drano and water are showing up in people's yards, and yes they are quite real. These devices consist of a plastic bottle, Drano, water and aluminum foil. Other versions can contain baking soda and vinegar. When the aluminum foil comes into contact with the solution a strong chemical reaction occurs, releasing a gas which causes pressure to build up inside the plastic bottle, which eventually explodes. And boom, if you pick it up when it explodes, it can cause severe burns.
Several of these bombs were found in York township in Washtenaw County, Michigan:
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Deputy Keith Mansell sent a warning to township residents this morning, urging them not to pick up any bottles that have liquid in them or appear swollen.
Mansell said he was dispatched to a home on Bemis Road near the Saline city limits this morning for an unexploded pop bottle bomb. When he arrived, he discovered a 20-ounce bottle in the yard, moved it from the front yard, and it detonated 30 seconds later, he said in the e-mail.
Mansell then checked other yards and located a second one a few doors down from the first one, he said. He moved that one, and it also detonated, the e-mail said.
The homeowner told Mansell she noticed the bottle and planned to move it when she got her morning paper. "There was a high probability that this would have detonated in her hand/face while she carried it to the trash," Mansell said in the e-mail.
A "works" bomb is described as Drano and foil mixed inside a bottle. The chemical reaction makes a volatile build-up of gases and subsequently detonates the bottle with a great amount of force, with the chemical substance in the bottle becoming boiling liquid at that point, the e-mail said.
The explosion can be severe enough to cause second- or third-degree burns or blindness, Mansell said in the e-mail.
Mansell urged residents to watch for bottles in their yards and offered the following advice:
If you find a soda bottle or any other bottles, examine it carefully before you touch it or get near it. If it shows signs of swelling or melting in any way, do not touch it. Call 911.
If you find a soda bottle that has any liquid in it, don't touch it and call 911.
Here's the e-mail you may have received:
Subject: FW: NOT A JOKE - VERY SERIOUS
Pass this on to everybody you know. Anybody that sees a plastic bottle in their yard would think nothing of picking it up to throw it away. Looks like these things are starting to pop up around the U.S. Check the Snopes web site below, it's pretty scary. Also think about this before you run over a plastic bottle with your car.
Important warning! NOT A JOKE! Pay attention to this.
1. A plastic bottle with a cap (Like a normal water bottle).
2. A little Drano.
3. A little water.
4. A small piece of foil.
5. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM (Less than 30 seconds)!!
6. No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc.
People are finding these bombs in mailboxes and in their yards, just waiting for someone to pick it up intending to put it in the trash.
It takes about 30 seconds to blow after you move the thing.
See UrbanMyths.com below....it's true. This happened a few days ago...April 27, as a matter of fact.
Send it to everyone on your mailing list, I did and it won't hurt to get it several times.
Still don't believe it? This video shows how very dangerous bottle bombs can be:
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