WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Police say the acid bombs found in a Wilmington neighborhood Tuesday night are considered weak, but criminal.
Detective Kevin Smith with the Wilmington Police Department said the chemicals used in the makeshift explosives were not strong enough to produce a large blast. The homemade devices still required the department's bomb squad to respond. Officers evacuated nearby houses.
"We don't want to downplay this and say it's nothing because it is a criminal offense," said Smith.
The severity of that offense depends on what's inside the bottle and the effect of the explosions. Smith said charges can range from littering to possession of a weapon of mass destruction, with the evidence from this recent case leaning closer to litter than a WMD.
"Given recent events, we're going to be sensitive and approach everything from a very serious standpoint," he said.
No arrests have been made as of Wednesday night, but the bombs seem like the work of juveniles, according to Smith.
"We just want to make sure they understand that it's serious, you can be injured by these and it's not a smart idea to try this in your backyard," Smith said.
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