Acid bombs create big scare in Titusville neighborhoods



TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Investigators in Brevard County are looking for the people who set off at least four acid bombs along different streets in Titusville.

Some of the residents heard the bombs explode just outside their homes. Investigators said the people responsible could face some serious charges, including throwing or placing a destructive device.

Residents said they are not amused by the apparent prank, which started about a week ago.

“I was afraid of a kid picking it up or sticking it in my mailbox,” resident Maureen Malechuk said.

She and her neighbors have become more cautious since the acid bombs were tossed in their front yards. Officers said the plastic bottles burst under the pressure of the chemical reaction.

As far as police can tell, no one is being targeted. Officers said since the pressure in these devices can build in a matter of seconds, it’s likely they’re being tossed from a vehicle.

“It sounded like a gunshot to me,” said resident Courtney Gentry. “I’m just so aware of everything nowadays and I look when I’m out, no matter where I’m at, because there are so many things that are happening, with all kinds of pranks.”

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has also received reports of three acid bomb incidents in the Windover Farms Community.

The Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to call law-enforcement officers if they see something suspicious.