Three teens were arrested for what they said was a prank when three explosive devices detonated in front of a Livermore home Tuesday afternoon, according to Livermore police. Officers responded to the 700 block of South O Street when there was a report of either gunshots or explosions heard around 3:45 p.m., police said. A car was seen fleeing the area and police were able to get a vehicle description from witnesses, police said.
Officers found three chemical reaction explosive devices that had detonated at the bottom of a home’s driveway, near the street, according to police. No injuries or property damage were reported, police said. Police also ruled out any shots had been fired; instead they allegedly found evidence in a car matching the vehicle description that had been stopped in downtown Livermore around 3:50 p.m. that linked the three teens in the car to the explosion.
The three people in the car, all identified as Livermore teenagers, were taken into custody on charges of possession and detonating a destructive device — both of which are felonies, police said. Officers determined the suspects knew at least one of the residents where the bombs were detonated. The teens reportedly told police it was a prank and not intended to cause injury or damage, police said. Livermore police Sgt. John Hurd said teens should be aware that this type of prank has felony consequences.
Andrew Cable, 18, is being held at Santa Rita Jail while a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were released to their parents, according to Hurd. Police explained how the homemade bomb is made, usually with a plastic water or soda bottle filled with a chemical solution then sealed with a screw top lid. Once the pressure builds the bottle eventually explodes,
potentially injuring or killing someone through the chemical release or by concussion.
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