Crapshoot ends in Port-A-Potty with bomb squad getting dirty

HURON A call about a bomb turned into a crapshoot for the Lorain County Bomb Squad. 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.
Annie Zelm
May 25, 2010

HURON

A call about a bomb turned into a crapshoot for the Lorain County Bomb Squad.

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.

Comments

mb44839

I find this appaling that you make lite of this in your headline.  As the owner of the site, I spend a great deal of time walking the property with my family ages 18 months - 14 years.  Had this device gone off when we were in the vicinity, your headline would have been much different.  I am often in New York as part of my job.  Had these "punks" been caught doing this in New York City, they would be looking at Life as a Federal Offence.  Come on guys, this is very serious business....not some High School prank.  When you write a story about the youth of our community crafting  several bombs out of excelerant you should be a little more serious!

Salvatore

When I first saw that photo I thought that it was Obama's idea of a new rocket for NASA.

NineMM

I saw the same thing many times, on many jobs, the day after payday............That beer can be rough!

 

If you don't eat and throw down a couple shots of Jack or Beam, this result is expected.

thestuff

Hey MB44839.... keep your crappy comments to your self..

HA

CWUTIDIDTHAR?

mb44839

That's intellegent <Thestuff>....isn't the purpose of a comment section intended to gather comments?  Not sure how yours even boarders on that purpose.

Raoul Duke

Good luck finding a job with ANY felony charge showing up on your background check.

Cowboy

Not sure who was the stupid one here....the idiots who built the bomb in the toilet or the officer taking shots at it with a .22 caliber rifle within the fallout area.  DUH!!!

6079 Smith W

A fantastic shot of a launch by The Lorain Co. Space program!

Any follow-up on the health of the 'craponaut'?

buford

 For real coverage on this story go to The Morning Journal's website.  They have mugshots of the involved and comments from an interview with the Chief. Much better journalism over there.  They also see the severity of the situation and refrain from trying to make a joke out of the story. 

Matt Damon

heard they were using works bombs... which wouldnt even cause that much damage to a port a potty... tards...

Cityslicker

That looks like a pretty powerful punch. Imagine if something would have gone wrong while these idiots were sitting around the kitchen table making these bombs. But I'm sure they meant no harm.

Exxcellent

FYI; That photo is not of the incident that just happened, it is a photo they got off of the internet.

lestrade

Yeah,I know. This is serious,but--- In my day we used M-80's and cherry bombs to blow up toilets. You're right,it looks like it's blasting off and heading to Uranus.LMAO!!!!!

Duhast

Um, it was a PORTA potty. Why didn’t they just strap some plywood sheets around it and haul it away in a cargo van?  Then they could safely detonate it at a safe site.  The bomb squad obviously identified the type of bomb and determined that it was safe enough to shoot it with a .22.  

starryeyes83

Oh,  crap! 

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