Nassau police disable improvised ‘soda bomb’ device left by elementary school gate


MERRICK, NY – Nassau County Police say multiple improvised explosives were found near a school.

The alarming discovery was made next to a school gate used by children.

Nassau police say it was the father of a student who made the discovery this morning, the last day of school.

Police say the liquid-filled bottle was an improvised explosive device that could have caused serious damage if detonated.

“Several improvised explosive devices were found,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said.

Nassau officials do not know the intent, but say the discovery of four bottles 200 yards from Norman J. Levy Elementary School is a serious concern.

A bottle with liquid inside had a bag of powder on the outside with BBs inside. Mixed – a soda bomb – police say it could have done serious damage to several people.

“These BBs would become projectiles. If you threw them into a crowd…it would gouge out small children’s eyes,” Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said. “By putting BBs in there, you’ve now created a device to hurt people.”

While searching the school grounds, police found three other soda bombs already detonated.

Ryder admits it might just be a prank, albeit a dangerous and criminal one, but they are being proactive amid tensions amid two controversial Supreme Court rulings.

“If you’re at a mass gathering, whether it’s a fair, a concert, a beach, a walk, in a park, you see anything suspicious, call 911 immediately,” Ryder said.

A relative also found a knife next to the unexploded device.

Police will now solicit neighbors for surveillance video, scour social media and check bottles for fingerprints.

There is no clue as to the motive yet.

“There was a very high level of concern that the BBs in this particular device that didn’t explode were meant to do harm and cause mass terror. So that’s a big cause for concern,” Blakeman said. .

Police stress they don’t believe the devices had anything to do with the school as it was so far away, but searched all schools in the district with bomb detection dogs out of an abundance of caution.


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