LONG BEACH (CBS) — A Long Beach police officer investigating reports of fireworks in an alley near the Artesia (91) Freeway suffered minor injuries Sunday when a dry-ice bomb inside a plastic bag exploded next to him.

The officer, and others had responded to what neighbors believed were fireworks in the alley at Bort St. and Butler Ave. when the second device detonated, police Sgt. Rico Fernandez told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

A third, similar device was found on the other side of the alley, Fernandez said, and it was detonated by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad, according to the Press-Telegram.

The devices are made with water, a bottle and dry ice or carbon dioxide and can take 30 minutes to an hour to build up enough pressure to rupture, according to California criminal codes cited by the newspaper. Making the devices is a felony, punishable by jail time and high fines.

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Comments (6)
  1. windrunner says:

    The state of Cali should sell itself to Mexico to get out of debt. There are as many Mexicans living there as there are in Mexico, and half of them are cops.

    1. Den says:

      Your such a stup- ass
      City and govt jobs require us citizenship
      or legal residency
      Just as our president is required to be a natural citizen
      Why should we sell this country to Mexico when it was taken from them

  2. Thomas Bleming says:

    Now that this has been publicized I would guess that every nut case out these will be making these devices.
    Really scary when you don’t expect such a device to be present and then it goes off and causes people harm as well as property damage.

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