'Dirty bombs' located in field near church
by Jessica Loeding
Jun 29, 2014 | 3486 views | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff Report

Two explosive devices located Friday night in a field on Indian Trail may have been the act of juveniles seen in the area.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the scene at 35 Indian Trail near Savior of All Lutheran Church about 9 p.m. after one of the “dirty bombs” exploded, according to the report.

Cartersville Fire Department on the scene told the deputy one of the devices had exploded, and later, the second of the devices was detonated by emergency personnel.

“I think ‘bomb’ is a strong word for this — [it] sounds like the plastic bottles with chemical reaction causing them to pop under pressure,” BCSO Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said Saturday.

The deputy reported the explosives looked like devices that mix chemicals with a form of aluminum that creates a reaction, swelling the bottle until it explodes, which can be dangerous if the bottle is filled with shrapnel.

A neighbor told the deputy he had recently received threats against his life and believed the incident could be connected. A subsequent search of his property did not locate any suspicious materials.

A citizen called 911 and said she had observed four juveniles in the area prior to the explosions.

Two deputies then went to the home of the one of the suspects who had left about two hours before officers arrived, according to a person at the home. While deputies were being escorted through the home to ensure the juveniles were not at the scene, the homeowner contacted the person on scene and requested deputies leave, which they did.

Rogers, when asked, said it “sounds like juveniles — juvenile suspects” but no arrests had been made.

The investigation is ongoing.