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Tips about homemade chemical devices released

October 06, 2005

The Washington County Sheriff's Office released tips and warnings about homemade chemical devices in response to the injury of a Hancock Police Department officer earlier this week, police said.

The officer was investigating a fireworks complaint when a homemade chemical "bomb" exploded near him and he inhaled the fumes, Hancock police said.

Deputies said chemical reactive devices are "dangerous destructive devices." If released, the chemicals can cause severe burns to exposed skin and damage the respiratory system, eyes and other exposed portions of the body, deputies said.

People who see a homemade chemical device should not pick it up or touch it, deputies said. They should remain at least 50 feet away from the device and call emergency personnel immediately, deputies said.

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It is a felony to manufacture, transport, possess, control, store, sell or distribute a destructive device like a homemade bomb, deputies said.

If convicted, the crime could carry a penalty of 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, deputies said.

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