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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • ‘MacGyver bombs’ set off in Montevideo, police say

  • Montevideo police say someone has been setting off “MacGyver bombs” in this western Minnesota town.
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  • MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- Montevideo police say someone has been setting off “MacGyver bombs” in this western Minnesota town.
    Over the past few days, police have found eight of the homemade bombs, according to Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher, but no one has been injured.
    Christopher said four bombs were detonated near one home and the others were found in the same part of Montevideo, a town of about 5,500 people.
    The bombs are made by mixing aluminum and chemicals inside a plastic pop bottle. A chemical reaction creates pressure and causes an explosion.           
    These MacGyver bombs can cause damage and injury such as chemical burns, Christopher said.
    Police said they had a suspect but had not released his name. The suspect does have a criminal history, Christopher said.
    MacGyver bombs are named after the TV character who specialized in making weapons and tools with whatever items happened to be on hand.

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