MANISTEE, Mich. (WZZM) - Three teens have admitted to building bottle bombs and detonating them in the yard of a teen girl who they were trying to harass and scare.
The incidents happened over the weekend and earlier this week in the city of Manistee.
Chief David Bachman of the Department of Public Safety said that the first incident happened over the weekend, when the girl and her mother found the front and rear doors of their home barricaded with wet mattresses. The next night, two bottle bombs, consisting of household cleaners and tin foil in a two-liter bottle, were detonated outside the home.
On Tuesday, September 3rd, two more bottle bombs were detonated in the yard and police found four more bombs that did not detonate. Earlier in the day, the mom had found two more bottle bombs in the driveway.
Police were able to use surveillance video from a nearby store and were able to identify three teen boys buying the materials needed for bottle bombs 30 minutes before the latest incident occurred. They questioned the teens and they admitted to building and detonating the bottle bombs and surrendered more materials they had in their possession.
The teens tell investigators that they knew the girl who lives at the home and were looking to harass and scare her. After they detonated a bottle bomb, they would watch Facebook to see her reaction to the bombing. They kept increasing the number of their bombs to try and get a bigger reaction out of her.
The teens have been released while the county prosecutor reviews the case for charges. The Manistee Dept. of Public Safety is requesting charges of placing a bomb with the intention of creating fear in a victim and possession of bomb-making materials.
The names of the teens will not be released until any charges are formalized. The name of the victim will not be released.