GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - TEENAGE PRANK?
What may have been a prank turned into something much serious in Gulf Shores Monday afternoon, August 19. Two teenage boys are accused of setting off an explosive device at the Sixth Street public beach access.
According to police, the two boys mixed up household chemicals in soda bottles and tossed them from the dunes onto the beach. One of the bottles exploded, creating a loud bang. What they did caused such a commotion the bomb squad was called out.
Lt. Bill Cowan, with the Gulf Shores Police Department told us, “In this case it was stupid. It was something they shouldn’t have been doing. But the part that made it criminal is where they did it at the beach access with other people around. If they had done it in the middle of the woods or in a sand pit somewhere it would be a different story. It wouldn’t have been so criminal just stupid.”
BOMB SQUAD CALLED
“One of the devices did explode however on was un-detonated,” Billy Hayes from Gulf Shores Fire-Rescue told us.
Not knowing what was in the un-detonated bottle forced authorities to call in the bomb squad from Mobile.
“You’re taking resources from responding to people who truly need them, so what may have started as a joke is actually very stupid it could cost people,” Hayes said.
Not to mention the danger to themselves posed by the chemicals they were mixing.
“It could explode up on them. It could create burn injuries for them and that occurs all the time,” Hayes told us.
Authorities said it’s likely the boys looked up how to make the devices on the internet.
BOYS IN HOT WATER
Police did catch up with both boys and they’ll have to go to juvenile court in Bay Minette to answer for their actions.
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