After a weekend of responding to several incidents involving homemade explosives known as acid bombs, Montgomery County investigators have identified three juveniles as allegedly responsible.
The Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office said that at least nine different incidents occurred, all of them near the FM 2978 and Woodlands Parkway area.
During the initial stages of the investigation, Montgomery County deputies recovered evidence that allowed them to identify where some of the materials were purchased.
Detectives then reviewed store surveillance video in which the three juveniles were observed allegedly purchasing the materials.
Deputies and fire marshal investigators then received numerous tips that helped them to identify the three juveniles.
The acid bombs are made from small plastic bottles filled with chemicals and foil or metal objects. Once the device is shaken or thrown, a chemical reaction occurs, causing an explosion.
"These devices can easily cause serious injury or property damage," Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams said. "One Woodlands resident was slightly injured this weekend when he unknowingly picked up one of the devices, which then exploded in his hand."
Williams cautioned residents not to touch any suspicious devices they come across. He advises to stay away and call the authorities.
The three juveniles will be referred to the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center.