Homemade 'bombs' land pair in trouble

The pair could face charges after an alleged prank attempt involving 'bombs' made out of household chemicals.

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WALLA WALLA -- A pair of 16-year-old Walla Walla Valley Academy students could face charges after an alleged prank attempt on a friend.

The teens admitted they made "bombs" out of household chemicals and threw them at a friend's house on Peppers Bridge Road, south of Walla Walla, according to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office report.

The pair claimed they got the idea from an email one of their mothers received as a warning against such homemade explosives, the report said.

Unfortunately for the pair, their friend's family was away on spring break vacation, and a house sitter reported several suspicious noises around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, the report said.

When a Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputy arrived to investigate, he discovered ruptured water bottles around the home.

The deputy also took note of a pair of teens who drove past the residence several times, and eventually pulled the pair over.

According to the incident report, the deputy noticed suspicious items in the back of the car, including a large package of water bottles and household chemicals.

The teens admitted buying the items and using them to create the bombs found at the scene in attempt to prank their friend.

The house sitter did not press charges, but the pair could face gross misdemeanor charges if the homeowner decides to pursue the matter.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.

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