Chemical Bombs Thrown at Residences in James City County - 07/13/02
On Friday, July 12 at 10:18 the James City County 911 Center received a call from 126 Links of Leith in the Ford's Colony subdivision reporting an explosion. Fords Colony Security and James City County Police responded. James City County Fire Marshals were called to the scene to investigate.
One “Bottle Bomb” had exploded each at 124 and 126 Links of Leith. Both devices had been thrown at the front doors of the residents. Occupants at both homes described the first explosion (124) as sounding like a cherry bomb. The second device struck the front door of 126, but failed to explode. The occupant of 126 opened the door and picked up the device lying on the front porch. The device then exploded in the occupant’s hand. Liquid from the device hit the occupant in the face and eyes. Paramedics on the scene treated the occupant on the scene. The injured resident was 52-year old Glenn Davis.
Both devices were constructed of 20 ounce plastic beverage containers. Bottle or Chemical bombs are most commonly made using aluminum foil and some type of drain cleaner. Other possible options include bleach, sugar, and water. The chemical reaction produces both heat and pressure, the contents are usually caustic. The information on building this type of device is readily available on the Internet.
Anyone with information regarding this crime please call the James City County Fire Marshals Office at 220-0626.