Works bomb set off downtown 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

Morenci Police Department officers still don’t know who is setting off occasional explosions around town, but they did have the opportunity to see the aftermath Friday.

Morenci police chief Larry Weeks said the explosion around 10:10 p.m. Friday was a “Works bomb”—an easily made explosive device that typically uses The Works toilet bowl cleaner or similar cleaning product, aluminum foil and a plastic beverage container.

Although the explosions have sounded now and then for several months, Friday’s incident was the first one police know of that caused damage.

A bomb was placed in a trash can at Morenci Car Wash. After the explosion was heard by an officer, he discovered debris scattered onto Main Street and noticed the trash can was blown apart.

Use of an explosive device to cause property damage can lead to a prison sentence of up to 15 years, Week said.

“Once we catch the people who did it, they will be prosecuted,” he said.

The intent is likely an innocent prank, Weeks said, but the potential for danger is great.

Weeks said it’s difficult to determine if the past explosions have been from Works bombs or other devices. Friday’s incident is the first time an exact location has been determined.

Chief Weeks is surprised at how few people have called to report explosions. An immediate report of the location of an incident could be helpful to an officer on patrol.

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