Glendale residents find flashlights with explosives inside

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 7:14 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Local and federal authorities are investigating two explosive devices that were found in Glendale in the past 24 hours.

Sgt. Brent Coombs with the Glendale Police Department said both explosive devices were housed in a standard 6-volt yellow handheld flashlight.

In the two separate incidents, a resident found the flashlight, which had been left outside in the open. When the person attempted to push the button to turn the flashlight on, the device detonated. 

No one was seriously injured in either event, but explosive ordnance experts said these devices were built to inflict serious injury, according to Coombs.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is in custody of the post-blast evidence on both scenes and will be processing it.

Explosives experts ask that if anyone finds a flashlight, no matter what color or shape, that they don't immediately recognize as their own, call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to touch or manipulate the flashlight in any way. 

Anyone with information that could assist in this investigation is asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000. 

 

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