UPDATE: No New "Drano" Bombs Found in Marshfield

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

UPDATE: 6/17 at 12 p.m.

Marshfield Police Chief Gary Jepsen say there have been no new incidents regarding "drano" bombs being found or detonating.

Police say early this month they discovered four of the devices that had detonated and another that had to be diffused. Chief Jepsen says media coverage of the crime may be a deterrent for the suspect or suspects.

No one was injured in any of the incidents.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 6/12 at 6:24 p.m.

We usually use it to remove clogs from our sinks, but someone in Marshfield is using drain cleaners as explosives. In the last week and a half, emergency crews have responded to three or four small explosions caused by drain cleaner, or "works" bombs. While no one was hurt, emergency responders are worried about what may happen if this trend continues.

A quick YouTube search for "Drano Bomb" or "Works Bomb" brings up thousands of results. Many of those videos were posted by young kids who, emergency personnel say, just don't understand how dangerous these bombs can be.

A little drain cleaner mixed with some aluminum foil in a bottle and boom. A chemical reaction that causes the bottle to blow, spewing the acidic mixture everywhere.

"What they're dealing with is actually a bomb, plain and simple," Interim Marshfield Fire Chief Robert Haight tells NewsChannel 7. "It's a felony from my understanding to even make these and I actually worry just as much about the person making the bombs as I do about who they may hurt."

The most recent bomb to be discovered was along 4th St. and Concord Avenue in Marshfield. A residential neighborhood with kids and only a block away from a park and recreational area. When emergency crews arrived on scene the bomb had not yet gone off. It was diffused and the bottle is being held as evidence. It will likely be searched for fingerprints. Police are now actively investigating who is behind these bombs.


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