Bottle bombs cause concern in Lawrence
LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -- People in Lawrence are on edge after dozens of bottle bombs have been found in the city over the past few weeks, including an unexploded device near a school.
The bombs have come in a variety of sizes and contain household chemicals that cause a small explosion when mixed.
Authorities said they have found upwards of 50 bottle bombs in the city since March 25. No injuries or damage have been reported, but parents fear it’s just a matter of time.
“My kid’s only three…my niece also goes to this school, she is five. They pick up everything they see,” said Pamela Santana, who is worried about the bottle bombs.
“Very dangerous…Chemicals that they’re using, when they explode it causes a vapor cloud. If that gets on your skin or in your eyes, of course you’re going to be injured. Also the dangers of projectiles from the broken plastic,” said Capt. Bob Wilson of the Lawrence fire department.
The bombs are not targeting any specific people or places. They have been found in empty lots, streets and alleys.
The fire department, police and the state fire marshal are investigating. They said there could be more bottle bombs because the homemade devices can be hard to identify.
“You’d walk by it and think it is trash. You wouldn’t think it was a spent explosive,” said Wilson.
No arrests have been made. Officials believe this is the work of some young people.