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Investigators Seek Individuals Involved in Weekend Acid Bomb Incidents

Series of explosions from homemade devices have led to minor injuries for one area resident

MontgomeryCountyIEDPOIMontgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies and Fire Marshal’s Investigators were busy this weekend responding to numerous reports of Improvised Explosive Devices. At least 9 different incidents occurred and all the devices recovered were identified as “acid bombs”. These incidents all occurred near the western edge of The Woodlands in the area of FM 2978 and Woodlands Parkway.

These devices are generally made from small plastic bottles filled with chemicals and foil or metal objects. A chemical reaction occurs when the devices are shaken and thrown, resulting in the violent rupture of the plastic containers. These devices can easily cause serious injury or property damage. One Woodlands resident was slightly injured this weekend when he unknowingly picked up one of the devices which then exploded in his hand.

Residents are cautioned not to touch any suspected devices they may encounter. The recent “acid bombs” were made from plastic water bottles and would appear to contain a clear or foaming liquid and aluminum foil. The reaction is generally short-lived and the bottle may even appear to be bulging. If you discover a suspected device, stay away and call 911.

During a thorough search of the area, MCSO Deputies recovered key evidence which may lead Investigators to the persons involved in making and throwing these improvised explosive devices. Investigators have identified several “persons of interest” and have recovered video of them purchasing some of the materials needed for making the devices. All of the “persons of interest” appear to be young teens and are likely to be residents of the area.

If you recognize any of the individuals in the attached photo, please contact the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office at (936) 538-8288.

Persons with information who wish to remain anonymous may also contact Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-392-(STOP) 7867 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.montgomerycountycrimestoppers.org.

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