Officers found a fizzing homemade bomb planted in a portable toilet near a construction site at Turtle Bay and decided the safest way to detonate it was to shoot at it.
After five shots with a .22 caliber rifle, the bomb exploded, spraying the contents of the toilet everywhere. One of the bomb squad members was covered in feces, according to the police report.
Huron police on Friday arrested four teens suspected of planting that bomb and setting off another in the same area.
They found the boys driving away in a Chevrolet Silverado shortly after a resident called to complain about hearing an explosion.
The driver, Huron resident Matthew W. Likes, 19, admitted he and his friends detonated bombs at the construction site. Officers confiscated a roll of aluminum foil and a stack of 14 military-style meal heaters used to create similar bombs.
Likes and his friends, Bradley S. Gerber, 19; Andrew P. Fantozzi, 18; and Matthew T. Acierto, 18, were charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespassing and criminal damaging and unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance, a fifth-degree felony.