Chemical device explodes outside Leitersburg Pike home

August 18, 2009

State fire marshals Tuesday morning were investigating a chemical reaction bomb explosion.

Fire marshals were called to a home in the 20100 block of Leitersburg Pike Tuesday at about 3 a.m., Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said in a news release.

Someone placed several chemical reaction bombs next to the exterior wall of the home, he said.

People were home at the time of the explosion.

The explosion didn't injure anyone or cause property damage, Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray said Tuesday morning in a telephone interview.

Chemical reaction bombs, which are constructed by putting caustic chemicals into a thin plastic container, are often used as pranks, Mowbray said. However, the chemicals used can injure people. Making them is a felony, he said.


The chemical reaction bombs pose risks both to those who make them and anyone who may find them, Mowbray said. The chemical reactions are highly unpredictable and it's difficult to know when the bombs will explode, he said.

Anyone with information can call the fire marshal at 1-800-492-7529 or 301-791-4758.

- Erin Julius

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