Teens accused of making bottle bombs, dumping them in Beach neighborhood

Posted at 9:11 PM, Aug 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-23 21:15:09-04

Virginia Beach Firefighters believe three teenage boys, all 15 years old, made bottle bombs and dumped them in the Birnam Woods neighborhood.

Investigators say they found eight bottles.

Neighbors tell NewsChannel 3 they heard loud noises earlier this morning, but didn’t know what it was.

Steven Whalen, a neighbor, adds “We heard two shots go off. I thought they were gun shots.”

A homeowner, who does not want to be identified, says she woke up to find her grill in the middle of the street and trash all over her yard.

Though no one was hurt, neighbors are furious kids are playing with dangerous stuff.

Fire Chief Tim Riley says the teens likely used homemade ingredients, which could have caused serious injuries.

Riley adds, "We're talking blindness, injuries to hands, chemical burns, nasty types of injuries."

Riley says the teens could face a felony charge.

He adds, "Having a felony on your record or injuring your neighbors just because of curiosity--don't do it because we will catch you and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law."

The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case.