MPD warns of homemade bomb hoax on social media

MPD warns of homemade bomb hoax on social media

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Facebook post has been shared more than 1,400 times, and has likely been read by ten times as many people.

It warns Montgomery residents about students supposedly making homemade bombs in plastic bottles that could cause serious injury.

The problem is that it's not a problem around here.

"We haven't had any issues here in the City of Montgomery I'd say in the last five years. I haven't seen any in that time. Over my career, I've probably seen maybe two," said District Chief Mark Williams with the Montgomery Fire Dept.

"We don't know of anybody maliciously doing it, like trying to create an uproar or something like that. I just think it's somebody [who] picked it up somewhere on the internet and then it's been passed on like it's happening in Montgomery, and it's just not," said Director of Public Safety Chris Murphy.

Even though the Facebook post is a hoax, the bottle bombs are real and all too easy to make.

"What they consist of is just a plastic bottle filled with some type of chemical and aluminum foil, where people take them and just throw them and it makes a big ole boom like a big firecracker," said Williams.

Public safety officials are still urging residents to be careful when it comes to anything that could be a threat.

"If you see something that looks suspicious, take caution with things like that and certainly call 911 and we'll have a proper response. But we don't want people to get nervous about something that's just not happening in Montgomery," said Murphy.

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