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ATF investigating homemade bombs in Selma

Posted April 16, 2012 12:42 p.m. EDT
Updated April 16, 2012 1:44 p.m. EDT

— Police have called in federal agents to help investigate a recent incident in which homemade bombs were detonated in Selma.

Residents on East Watson Street told police that some men were throwing fireworks or other explosives at children playing nearby on April 5, according to an incident report. Police questioned two men about the complaint, and they said they were conducting a science experiment in the yard, the report states.

Officers recovered several pieces of charred aluminum foil and an exploded plastic bottle from the yard and some empty bottles of toilet cleaner from a nearby trash can. One of the men told police he had detonated two bottles, the report states.

Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are examining the evidence to determine whether criminal charges are warranted, police said.