Flashlight bombs injure 3 in Glendale


by Kristine Harrington


Posted on May 15, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 10:13 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A frightening and dangerous discovery in Glendale: Flashlights with explosives inside left for anyone to find.

“In the last 24 hours we have responded to two separate situations involving explosive devices detonating in the city of Glendale,” Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs said Monday.
Police said in both cases the explosive device was housed in a very basic and inexpensive yellow 6-volt battery flashlight.
“We don't know when the two flashlights were placed in their separate locations,” Coombs said.
But police said both were found by unsuspecting people in commercial or industrial areas, even near construction sites where it might make sense that someone forgot their flashlight. And in both cases the bomb detonated when the flashlight was turned on, injuring three people.
The first explosion happened Sunday around 1:30 p.m. and involved two women.
“One of the ladies involved picked it up while in the presence of another lady and turned it on,” Coombs said. “Both were injured but not seriously.”
The second happened Monday at 8 a.m.
“The person in area again picked it up and functioned it on and it detonated in his hand,” Coombs said.
Police said the two incidents are obviously related but happened on opposite sides of town and while the injuries thus far have been minor, police are worried things could escalate.
“Certainly, we worry another device is out there and could do more harm than the other two have,” Coombs said.
So Glendale police, along with other local and federal agencies, are reaching out to the public for help.
“If you work in a hardware store or any grocery store and remember someone purchased one or more of these types of flashlights we want to know immediately form you that information,” Coombs said.