More exploding bottles in Boulder

12 Aug

More than a half dozen homemade explosives were recovered Wednesday afternoon and early today by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office in Boulder County’s Somerset subdivision.

This follows an incident earlier in the week in which a resident in the 7800 block of Durham in the Heatherwood subdivision reported hearing an explosion.

The next morning, an explosive device was recovered.

An earlier incident occurred on July 1 when someone threw one of the homemade devices from a pickup truck and a bystander kicked it, causing it to explode.

Boulder County Sheriff Commander Rick Brough said all the devices are similar.

They are 12-to-16 ounce capped plastic bottles that contain a liquid chemical and aluminum foil.

In the latest incidents, Brough said deputies went to the Somerset subdivision swimming pool about 3 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a suspicious container.

Brough said the deputies found the remnants of four explosive devices – plastic bottles that had erupted – in the area around the pool, tennis courts and in an adjacent field.

He said one of the devices was thrown into the pool house where it exploded, causing about $1,000 in damage.

About 12:50 a.m. today, a deputy patrolling the subdivision located three more explosive devices in the same area.

Brough said that because of the multiple incidents involving the exploding bottles, the public needs to be cautious. The chemical reaction in the bottles produces hydrogen gas which is flammable, said Brough.

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