Homemade explosive rattles neighborhood

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A big boom from a little bottle has people in one northwest Albuquerque neighborhood scared.

A homemade explosive went off Wednesday night, rattling windows and nerves, and it wasn’t alone.

“Back when I was a kid, a funny prank was to toilet paper someone’s house and apparently now it’s putting something that can blow up in front of someone’s house,” said resident Robert Smith. “That’s not going to fly around here.”

This prank doesn’t have anyone laughing.

Smith said the explosive actually shook the windows in his house.

“We heard what sounded like a gunshot,” he said.

But it wasn’t a gunshot – it was a homemade explosive in a water bottle that rocked his home near Universe and Paseo del Norte.

“I found a bottle in the street that had exploded and there was a big wad of what looked like steel wool or foil wrapped up with it,” he said.

Neighbors say it even shut down the road, as APD and a member of the bomb squad came to check things out.

Smith says he found two other explosives just a few houses away.

“This was the one that blew up, so you can see the green chemical there,” Smith said, pointing to a stain on his street. “I don’t know what they used in it.”

KRQE News 13 reached out to APD to see if they knew what was in it, but police couldn’t say.

A quick YouTube search shows a lot of videos of people making these types of homemade bombs.

“If somebody wants to be famous on YouTube in their backyard, that’s fine,” Smith said. “But don’t leave it out on the street in front of my house where my 3-year-old might pick it up and blow his hand off.”

Smith is letting his neighbors know about this, too, fearing it could happen again.

“Nobody got hurt, this time,” Smith said, and he wants to keep it that way. “There are hundreds of school kids and all it takes is one of those things to have not detonated and a kid kicks it on the way to the bus stop and now they’re injured or burned.”

Neighbors KRQE News 13 spoke didn’t have any leads on who may be behind this.

KRQE News 13 also reached out to the District Attorney’s Office to see what kind of charges someone could face for making these explosives. And official said the suspect could face a misdemeanor, but if the intent was to cause injury or harm, the person could face felony charges.

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