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Seal Beach Police Department
Monday June 3rd, 2013 :: 03:35 p.m. PDT


Acid and dry ice "bombs"

Two "explosions" have been reported in the College Park East area of Seal Beach in the last few months. It seems that a similar device was used on both occasions. These devices were most likely "Acid or dry ice Bombs," so named because they are a combination of acid or dry ice and other chemical components that trigger a chemical reaction..

These devices are a basic base + acid= chemical reaction device. The chemical reaction is accelerated by friction, so kids combine the ingredients in a plastic bottle. Once the ingredients are combined and agitated, the chemical reaction results in a rapidly expanding gas. The danger is that there is no way to determine how quickly the gas will expand, but usually the bottle stretches before it blows.

Other risks associated with acid bombs include chemical burns or impact injuries as a result of the explosion. In the event that you see suspicious activity that you think is about to result in the detonation of an acid bomb or find what you think is an acid bomb please notify the police and fire departments.

Seal Beach Police Department
911 Seal Beach Blvd
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 562-799-4100

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