Thursday, March 02, 2006

Teens Place Bomb In McDonald's Toilet

Two 15-year-old boys have been placed under arrest, on suspicion of blowing up a toilet in a restroom at a Carmel Valley fast food restaurant.

The Torrey Pines High School sophomores are accused of placing a bomb made from an aerosol can in a toilet at a McDonald's in the 3500 block of Del Mar Heights Road around 4 p.m. on Friday.

The toilet was destroyed, and the smoke and dust kicked up by the explosion damaged the exhaust system and an adjoining bathroom, San Diego fire Capt. Paul O'Brien said Wednesday.

The blast caused about $1,000 damage, but no one was injured, he said.

A 7-year-old boy who was washing his hands when the bomb went off ran out of the bathroom screaming, O'Brien said.

"We had some witness statements that gave us information (about the suspects) but the McDonald's up there has digital video cameras," O'Brien said. "We took the video to the high school."

One of the boys admitted his involvement to his parents, who called authorities, said O'Brien, a member of the Metro Arson Strike Team.

"This is a situation where they actually created an improvised explosive device -- which you've heard a lot about in Iraq -- bringing substances together to make a bomb," the captain said.

The boy washing his hands might have been hurt if he was any closer, O'Brien said.

The boys were booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of exploding a destructive device, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

Asked why they did it, "They said they were bored and wanted something to do," O'Brien told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Following the blast at the Del Mar Heights Road McDonald's, an explosion heavily damaged the restrooms at a McDonald's on Rancho Bernardo Road about 6 p.m. Friday, causing no injuries. That homemade bomb also is believed to have been built with an aerosol can.



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