At least 9 acid bombs found in The Woodlands; one person hurt


by staff & Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

THE WOODLANDS – Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for the suspects who went on an acid bomb spree in The Woodlands over the weekend.

Nine acid bombs were recovered in the area of FM 2978 and Woodlands Parkway. They were thrown at homes, golf courses and vehicles.

The homemade bombs were made from plastic bottles filled with chemicals and foil or metal objects. A chemical reaction causes the bottles to explode when they are shaken.

"That will start the reaction and they throw it against a house or vehicle. and it will just be laying there," said Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams. "It will take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the mixture. The bottle will start expanding, it will explode, the real danger occurs."

One Woodlands resident was slightly injured when he picked up an acid bomb thrown at his front door. It blew up in his hand. He was treated for acid burns.

"You never think things will happen around here. I mean, it’s crazy," said resident Stephanie Thelwell. "They can really hurt someone. Knock it off. Where is your mother?"

MCSO deputies say they recovered key evidence in the neighborhood, which may lead them to the suspects.

They’ve also released images of several "persons of interest" seen purchasing some of the items used to make the acid bombs.

They appear to be teens and deputies suspect they live in the area where the bombs were found.

If you recognize anyone of them, you are asked to call the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office at 936-538-8288 or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-392-STOP (7867).

Residents are cautioned not to touch any suspected devices, and to call 911 if they see one.