Here is more information on the water bottle bombs we have been seeing lately.
These plastic water bottle bombs spew boiling acid when they are moved and will take your fingers.
This is verified as TRUE on Snopes! I looked myself! As recently as the last week of April...
That 'empty' plastic water bottle could be a bomb - be careful of moving them! This is NOT a rumor. This happened a few weeks ago...April 27, 2010 in Michigan. It has a video link at the SNOPES verification site which is noted at the end of this message.
Unfortunately they are entirely to easy and low tech to make:
1. A plastic bottle with a cap (like a normal water bottle)
2. A little Drano
3. A little water
4. A small piece of aluminum foil
5. Disturb it by moving it and the IED will detonate!
6. The device will remove fingers and spray the victims face and eyes with acid
People are finding these bombs in mailboxes and in their yards, just waiting to be picked up and put it in the trash.
You may never make it to the trash. It takes about 30 seconds to blow after you move the thing.
See "SNOPES" at http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bottlebomb.asp