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'Chemical bombs' showing up in Yucaipa mailboxes, police warn

October 10, 2012 | 12:21 pm

Chemical bombs made from household products have shown up in Yucaipa mailboxes and front yards over the last week and are being investigated by San Bernardino County Sheriff's bomb and arson detectives, officials reported.

The makeshift bombs often contain a chemical cleaner and are placed inside of a plastic beverage container with tin foil, which contributes to the chemical reaction, deputies report.

"These bombs generally take a short time to go off, but in some cases they fail to explode until the bomb is picked up, further agitating it, causing it to explode in the unsuspecting person's hands," sheriff's officials warned.

So far no one has been injured by the homemade chemical bombs and investigators have yet to identify any suspects or come up with a motive.

Authorities in Yucaipa are warning residents not to touch, pick up or kick bottles filled with unknown fluids or objects, to get a safe distance from the object and call 911 immediately.

Detectives are asking residents with any information about the devices to call them at 909 790-3105.


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