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Bombs in Lillington yard under investigation

Posted November 8, 2010

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— Harnett County investigators are trying to determine who tossed two homemade bombs into a Lillington man's yard last Friday.

Walter Pinson said he was at home late Friday when he heard "a kaboom" outside. Neighbors also must have heard the blast, he said, because he saw everyone's lights come on when he looked out a window to find out what happened.

When he went outside to investigate, he said, he found the remains of a plastic two-liter soda bottle and other debris in his front yard.

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"Living out here, I didn't think that it was a bomb," he said. "Then, I smelled it and I was on the phone with the dispatcher, and she said, 'Mr. Pinson, back up and get away from it.' Then, I realized (that) someone had gone and thrown a bomb in my yard."

Shortly after Harnett County deputies arrived at his house to investigate, a second bomb went off in the back yard, Pinson said.

Investigators said the culprits created chemical-reaction bombs by mixing pieces of aluminum foil and a cleaning agent inside the soda bottles.

The Harnett County Sheriff's Office has consulted with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the case, but no charges had been filed in the case as of Monday afternoon.

Pinson said he thinks the bombs might be payback for a confrontation he had with neighbors after putting signs in front of his home on Halloween that trick-or-treaters weren't allowed. Or, he said, it could be backlash for his support of President Barack Obama.

"I heard someone (tell deputies), 'You take the Obama signs out of his yard, no one would blow him up,'" he said.

Neighbors said they believe youths pulling a prank are responsible for the incident, but Pinson said he hopes investigators crack the case before someone gets hurt.

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  • Kandy007 Nov 9, 2010

    All I can say is people just need to get over it, our President is black... SO WHAT!So when the next president is voted in and he is a WHITE man, I guarantee you will not see so much hatred and racial comments on these blogs. SMH....come on people get a grip and grow up!!!

  • WhitePony Nov 9, 2010

    YOU ARE RIGHT, TLCMBLESSED. BOMBS ARE NOT FUNNY AT ALL. CLEARLY THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S SKIN TONE. THANK YOU FOR ENLIGHTENING US WITH THAT ASTUTE OBSERVATION.

  • grumpyhermit Nov 9, 2010

    These bombs don't sound so harmless to me ... sure, if you're 10 feet away it wouldn't be very serious, maybe make your head ring for awhile, but what if it exploded just as someone picked it up to see what it was? What if that person was a child?

    I've seen plastic drink bottles explode from internal pressure. I won't go into details, but it takes a LOT of pressure & there's an amazingly big bang! Not to mention harsh chemicals in your eyes.

    Even if someone's a grouch (and yep, that sign does sound pretty grouchy), it doesn't excuse this incident. Obviously not as serious as a pipe bomb, but still, I think, an incident not to be taken lightly.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Nov 9, 2010

    What kinda of person puts signs in their yard that trick-or-treaters aren't allowed? He sounds like a grouchy person, and he could've made those prank "bombs" himself for attention.
    bbad238
    November 8, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    A person who lives in the great USA. You know where we have RIGHTS. You know what that is correct? You don't have a RIGHT to throw bombs at people. How dare you turn this into his right to post a sign. You are sad. I'll buy your plane ticket to leave thisgreat country. Try China for no signs.

  • tlcmblessed Nov 9, 2010

    THIS MAN HAS EVERY RIGHT TO PUT WHATEVER HE WANTS IN HIS YARD IT WAS TO INFORM THE NEIGHBORHOOD.A BOMB IS VERY SERIOUS, JUST LIKE FIRECRACKER.I GUESS SOMEONE NEEDS TO DIE OR GET HURT FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE IT SERIOUS.RACE IS ALWAYS AN ISSUE, JUST LOOK HOW SILLY SOME GROWN PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY ARE ACTING BECAUSE OUR PRESIDENT IS BLACK, VERY UNFAIR AND SAD, OTHER COUNTRIES ARE LAUGHING AT THE GREAT USA AND ITS SILLYNESS. I SEE WHY OUR YOUTH TODAY DO STUPID STUFF LIKE PLAY WITH BOMBS,RISK TAKING A LIFE OR THEIR LIFE LOOK WHO IS LEADING THEM. IT IS ALL A JOKE.BUT IT IS NOT FUNNY. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

  • timbo10.0 Nov 8, 2010

    We egged people that didn't like to do Trick or Treat.

    That what Trick or Treat means: give me a Treat or I'll burn your house down.

    Wait, that's the Detroit version.

    Nevermind.

  • bbad238 Nov 8, 2010

    What kinda of person puts signs in their yard that trick-or-treaters aren't allowed? He sounds like a grouchy person, and he could've made those prank "bombs" himself for attention.

  • rebekahbrown7 Nov 8, 2010

    Sounds like if you don't give treats you get tricks!!! haha
    Just like the media to call those harmless pranks bombs. How else could they fill the headlines.

  • Alexia.1 Nov 8, 2010

    There are videos all over YouTube that show how to take ordinary toilet bowl cleaner, aluminum, and a plastic bottle to make these so-called "bombs". Unless one is within a short distance of these things, I'd guess they're harmless.

    But, heck, NC makes firecrackers illegal, too.

  • hunt36 Nov 8, 2010

    he sounds like he is trying to make race an issue or like mb598 said wanting attention

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