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North Aurora police investigate 5 'Drano bomb' incidents

NORTH AURORA —The North Aurora Police Department is investigating five "Drano bomb" incidents which have occurred on the village’s west side in the past week, police said.

Drano bombs are explosive devices commonly made out of plastic bottles and household chemicals, such as Drano or other pipe clog remover, where a chemical reaction creates enough pressure to explode the bottle, police said.

There were no injuries in any of the incidents. But North Aurora Deputy Chief Scott Buziecki said in an email that these devices, while homemade, can be dangerous as their explosion could cause serious injuries such as acid burns or the loss of a finger.

Anyone who finds one of these devices should back away and call 911.

Buziecki said in an email that police are not sure whether the Drano bombs are the work of a group or one person, but that they are probably random, and he does not know whether similar incidents are occurring in other areas.

"This is the first time I can remember in 17 years" of "Drano bombs" being set off in neighborhoods, Buziecki said.

The first incident occurred about 4:20 a.m. Saturday, May 25, in the 700 block of Magnolia Drive. 

The resident reported that someone banged on his front and back door but when he made it to the door, three bombs went off – one near the front porch, one on the side of the house, and one on the back porch. 

The second and third incidents occurred at about 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, in the 1400 block of Oakland Circle.

Both homeowners reported hearing explosions but didn’t look outside. Later in the morning, they discovered exploded Drano bombs on their front porches.

One of the homes also sustained damage to their overhead garage door as if it had been kicked or struck by an object. The damage was estimated around $500.

The fourth incident occurred on Saturday, June 1, in the 1400 block of Oakland Circle. The homeowner did not hear an explosion but returned home around noon to discover an exploded Drano bomb on her front porch.

The fifth incident was reported on Monday, June 3, in the 100 block of Hidden Creek but happened last week and involved two more bombs.

All of the bottles used were small 16 ounces or similar bottles such as bottled water, Gatorade, and Vitamin Water. 

All incidents remain under investigation by the North Aurora Police Department.

Investigators ask that citizens be on the lookout for:

• Unusual behavior from teenagers or young adults, such as creeping around the property of others in the overnight and early morning hours.

• Teenagers or young adults detonating devices that may be mistaken for fireworks in their backyards or empty fields, which are really experimentation of Drano bombs.

• Teenagers or young adults seeking access to household chemicals such as Drano or other pipe clog removers, aluminum foil, and plastic bottles.

Anyone with information concerning these incidents is asked to call North Aurora Police detectives at 630-897-8705 ext. 610. Anonymous tips can be left by calling 630-897-8705 and choosing option 3.

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