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Bel Air Teen Faces Felony Charges for Bottle Bombs: Fire Marshal

'Soda bottle bombs' can cause blindness, deafness, hand injury and possibly death, the fire marshal said.

Deputies responded to a call for shots fired on Todd Road and instead found bottle bombs, the fire marshal said. (Credit: Submitted Photo)
Deputies responded to a call for shots fired on Todd Road and instead found bottle bombs, the fire marshal said. (Credit: Submitted Photo)
A 17-year-old has been charged with manufacturing and using improvised explosive devices in Bel Air, according to a report from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

At 7:20 a.m. on Tuesday, authorities responded to a report that shots had been fired in the 900 block of Todd Road, according to the statement.

An investigation by the deputy state fire marshal and the Harford County Sheriff's Office revealed that the boy had been exploding devices commonly referred to as "bottle bombs" in the area, the report said.

The teen was charged with two felony counts of manufacture, possession and distribution of a destructive device and was released to his parents, pending actions by the Harford County Department of Juvenile Services, according to the report.

Teenagers are charged with felonies if officials think they intended to cause damage, according to The Baltimore Sun, which reported the explosives have been taken more seriously since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

"The construction of these types of illegal devices has often been misrepresented as fun; however ... [they can] cause loss of vision, permanent hearing loss, severe damage to hands and possibly death," State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci said in a prepared statement.
Ashley April 03, 2014 at 06:48 PM
You don't know what your talking about and your being rude..and that's rude saying 2 jobs isn't occupying time..your a sorry excuse for someone you know that? your not perfect and your child/children are not perfect so don't act like you guys are you are nothing but a low life..your kid will try things I'm sure and you will see that they will all kids do..look I'm done talking here it's wasting my time I don't have time for ignorant people -Ashley
Ashley April 03, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Listen I myself didn't call any one any names. Now in all fairness it was a stupid decision but a fair warning might have been nice. I was never told that the police were called even once it was fun and games. And last time I checked letting little kids play around in the woods in the middle of the night doesn't really entail "good parenting". Now I understand how this is taken seriously but you don't understand the nature of what I did you're like every one else who don't understand a situation of circumstance you would rather believe the press over a firsthand account. If this was the case your houses would be rushed in every Fourth of July. But after all what does a no good 17 year old know, all he's concerned about is destroying things and hurting people's children. So for the rest of you who are taking this into consideration i am sincerely sorry and assure you it won't happen again. And just as a side note don't tell me that I don't know how to manage my time you're the one who lives to criticize people on a local blog. Any way I know there's no way I'll get the last word with you so say what you're going to say and let it out.
josey April 04, 2014 at 09:03 AM
As a person who lives on Todd Rd. Monday the shot gun sounds where heard around 1-2pm in the afternoon. The cops came and went door to door. Then again they started Monday around 11pm. Then started back up at 545am. There where at least 6 blast that morning. The cops where even there when the last ones went off. I heard there was one that didn't even go off that was found. Everyone was scared someone was firing a gun. No one was harmed that's true. This is a situation where someone could have been hurt. What ever the courts decide to do with this is up to them. I am just glad you say this will never happen again.
Jeff April 07, 2014 at 11:31 AM
For everybody condemning this young boy for doing a stupid thing, and yes it was a stupid thing for him to do, I guess they never did anything wrong as kids. They were all perfect teenagers that never drove to fast, drank alcohol at parties, did drugs, or had pre-marital sex. He is 17! At least he didn't shoot his parents, or go to school and god forbid shoot someone there, then blame society. the people that are saying that he needs the max sentence need to get off your high horse, and hope and pray that your "perfect kids" don't do anything stupid!
Amanda April 09, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Was this a stupid decision? Yes, however, the fact remains not only was the boy charged but he actually took the time to write an apology. I'm by no means saying his choices were correct, but people make mistakes. Yes someone could have been injured, but they weren't. With all the craziness in the world today condemning a "BOY" for stupid actions is not the way it should be. If the police in fact did go door to door, obviously they didn't go to his door or I think he would have probably not continued doing it, so fact remains if the police were so vigilant, why did this kid not even know they had been called? I'm not saying he shouldn't get in some trouble, but jail time is a bit excessive. You have kids running around selling drugs, shooting their friends, family, at least he wasn't drunk behind the wheel! By no means am I saying what he did was correct but again everyone makes mistakes. I'm sure in his head setting bottle bombs off in the woods AWAY from people had no malicious intent. If he truly meant to hurt someone or destroy property he would have been putting them in mailboxes and such. Yes he was wrong, but how many times do you have someone convicted of a DUI who is an adult and knows better turning around driving again? No he is not a toddler but he is still a child, I mean the kid has 2 jobs, that's more then most parents can say about their children who sit at home, hopped up on drugs living off mommy and daddy. Give him some community service.

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