Macon police seek makers of homemade bombs

Macon police officers are trying to identify the person who made two homemade chemical bombs.

A woman living in the 100 block of Parkwood Avenue told officers she was sitting on her front porch when she saw a “squared” off bright, blue vehicle drive by at about 7:10 p.m. Thursday. Soon she heard what she thought was a gunshot, according to a police report.

The woman said the sound came from her neighbor’s yard where she later found a small water bottle with a large hold in the side, according to the report.

The edges of the hole in the bottle appeared to have melted. Small wads of aluminum foil and a clear liquid, later identified as a household cleaner, were inside the bottle, according to the report.

The woman said she heard a second explosion about five minutes later but from the area of Park Street. Officers found a second bottle in the parking lot of the Walgreens pharmacy at the intersection of Park Street and Vineville Avenue, according to police.

Sgt. Wilton Collins said no one was injured when the bottles exploded. Police don’t have any suspects, and officers aren’t sure who or what was targeted by the homemade bombs.

Although the bombs didn’t cause damage in the areas where they exploded, if they detonated inside a room people could be injured from shrapnel from the plastic bottle and the metal. If someone was near the bottles when they exploded, chemical burns would be possible, he said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.