Flashlight bomb victim gives firsthand account

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by Steve Ryan

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 16 at 9:22 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When Jennell McKee found a flashlight outside a business in Glendale on Monday, she thought it might be a good addition to her camping gear. Instead, paramedics had to break out their gear for what followed.

"It looked normal," McKee said. "I wondered if it works, so I pushed the button and 'boom!' It just blew up."

Fortunately, she only suffered minor cuts and bruises.

"I just dropped the flashlight," McKee said. "It sounded like a shotgun went off. You could feel stuff flying, so I just kind of covered my face."

A bomb, of sorts, had been hidden inside the flashlight.

Glendale police, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are investigating another similar incident. Similar flashlights were used in both cases. 

No one was seriously hurt when the second one went off.

Investigators do not have any suspects or motives yet. They believe the incidents are random and not targeting anyone specifically.

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