No arrests have been made in connection with three acid bomb incidents in Mandarin, but Jacksonville police said they have a person of interest.
Neighbors suspect teenagers are making homemade bombs out of dangerous chemicals. At least two acid bombs were detonated on Old St. Augustine Road on Monday, and one exploded near the front door of an occupied apartment at the Coopers Hawk apartment complex.
Neighbors believe teens are stealing chemicals from area pools, then making the bombs themselves using large water bottles. The teens may think it's a harmless prank, but when the chemicals explode they can cause serious bodily harm.
There's an unlocked gate to the pool supply room at the apartment complex, and inside is easy access to chemicals sometimes used to make acid bombs. Residents say that's where they think the teens are stealing the chemicals from.
"If you're making acid bombs, then you're old enough to know better," resident Amanda Brodeur said. "They should at least get into some legal trouble."
Amanda Brodeur said she came home Monday to crime scene tape and hazardous materials teams investigating several acid bomb explosions. Kiley Sosbe said one of the bombs exploded in front of her front door. And she recently learned she's expecting a baby.
"I don't understand why kids think it's so cool to make this stuff so people could get hurt," Sosbe said. "If I was home and did run down the stairs and slip and fall, how could the kids answer to me loosing my kid over a stupid little joke."
Sosbe said detectives told her Monday night they were questioning a person of interest in several acid bomb incidents since last Saturday. Sosbe said she's been hearing explosions for several weeks now, but last night a bomb was thrown, too close for comfort.
"I hope they get them and fast," Sosbe said. "So days like today, who says a bomb won't go off on my front door again? I shouldn't have to be worried about that."
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call JSO at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.