Teens arrested in port-a-potty explosions

Teens arrested in port-a-potty explosions
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. -- Police have identified six suspects they believe to be responsible for detonating homemade bombs in portable toilets around the island this month, according to the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

Two boys - a 15 year old and a 16 year old - have been arrested and taken to the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center, Deputy Chief Mark Duncan said. Officers arrested them on suspicion of two of the toilet explosions - one on Point White Drive and the other at a Phelps Road baseball field. Both occurred in the early evening of June 18, police said.

Officers' reports on the four other suspects will be reviewed by county prosecutors. They were not identified by police.

Although the incidents occurred about the same time as vandalism around the island that ended in severe damage to eight police vehicles, police said there is no connection between the two.

In each of the incidents, police found evidence of the remnants of a "sparkler bomb," in which sparklers were bunched together with duct tape and ignited.

Damage to the toilets exceeds $5,000, said Duncan, who added that the bombs - one of which went off near a youth baseball game - could have hurt, or even killed someone.

The police's investigation continues. Below is a summary of alleged sparkler bomb attacks on the island in June:

- A sparkler bomb destroyed a trash can June 2 at Point White Dock shortly after 1 p.m.

- A homemade bomb was detonated inside a portable toilet June 7 near a Bainbridge High School baseball field just before 10:30 p.m. A nearby resident reported that the explosion shook his house and terrified his children. Police found the toilet stall still smoking when they arrived. The door was blown off and numerous interior parts were found scattered nearby. Remnants of sparklers were found in and outside the stall.

- A portable toilet at a Point White Drive residence was destroyed by a homemade bomb shortly after 7 p.m. June 18. The explosion blew pieces of the toilet stall into the roadway and startled several neighbors. Based on evidence at the scene, police believe the bomb was made of sparklers.

- A portable toilet at a Phelps Road baseball field was damaged by a homemade bomb shortly after 8 p.m. June 18. Several people playing and coaching youth baseball nearby observed a young male enter the stall and leave quickly before the explosion.

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