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Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 11:51 a.m.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Southwest Florida teens accused of making sausage bomb

Two teenagers have been charged with making a destructive device — a bottle of homemade napalm wrapped in a kielbasa sausage.

“Everybody laughs when they call me about this,” Lee County sheriff’s spokeswoman Ileana LiMarzi said Monday.

Members of the Southwest Florida Bomb Squad — who had to destroy the sausage bomb — and deputies didn’t find it amusing, however, LiMarzi said.

They said the device, which was placed in an empty lot at the intersection at Coral Gables and Bradenton roads in San Carlos Park, could have started a fire that might have threatened nearby homes.

As a result, people in several homes were evacuated.

The two boys, who are not being named because of their age, were each charged with one felony count of making a destructive device and were turned over to state Department of Juvenile Justice authorities.

They face sentences ranging from probation to detention in a state juvenile facility if convicted.

The case of the explosive wiener began at 8 a.m. when somebody called the sheriff’s office to say that the two boys might be making some kind of destructive device, LiMarzi said.

According to sheriff’s reports:

Deputies found one boy, a student at Dunbar Middle School, still at home.

They found the other boy in class at Estero High School.

The deputies learned that the boys put some liquid, later identified as homemade napalm, inside a 20-ounce bottle. They took two aerosol cans and wrapped the sausage around the bottle and cans because they thought that was funny.

Deputies found the device in some woods 15 feet from the intersection of Bradenton and Coral Gables roads.

Evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes after the bomb squad destroyed the device at 11 a.m.


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