Homeowner sees late-night antics
Four local teens accused of spending their Friday night building small bombs using a few household items, including aluminum foil and Gatorade bottles, then tossing them at people and houses, have been arrested.
East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on Saturday booked Blaine Burkett, 17, 16228 Chevernt Ave., Greenwell Springs, into Parish Prison on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles and counts of manufacturing and possessing a bomb, prison records show.
The three others, whose names were not released, each were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on counts of manufacturing and possessing a bomb, sheriff’s spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.
The Sheriff’s Office did not say where or how the four learned to make the bombs.
An affidavit of probable cause, which is Burkett’s arrest document, gave this account:
Burkett told deputies that he and the others were playing “ding-dong-ditch” — a game in which a person knocks on someone’s door, then runs — when the other three decided to go to a nearby store to buy supplies to build a “homemade explosive device,” the affidavit of probable cause said.
One minor, identified only as “GA,” bought aluminum foil and Gatorade, while another, identified as “TM,” bought household cleaners and eggs, the affidavit said.
The four teens drove to an unidentified BREC park and built and exploded two test devices. Burkett said they wanted to make sure the various chemicals reacted properly with each other and would explode, according to the affidavit.
They built and exploded two more bombs before egging several parked cars at the park. Before they left, they built two more bombs.
“The second set of bombs were thrown at a group of people at their residence (unknown address) while they sat around a fire in the backyard,” the arrest document said.
Burkett told deputies that he and “GA” threw those bombs at the people, the document said.
After that, the quartet drove back to Burkett’s home and switched to a silver SUV for one more bombing run.
They drove to a house near Burkett’s at about 1:15 a.m. and knocked loudly on the windows, the affidavit said.
The homeowner said when they knocked on the windows a second time a short while later, he saw two boys running toward a silver sport utility vehicle.
At about 2:30 a.m., the homeowner, still watching for the teens, said he saw the SUV slowly pull up to his home, a boy get out and throw something about 15 feet toward the home, the affidavit said.
A few seconds later, the object exploded, and the homeowner saw “debris fly up in the air,” the arrest document said.
Deputies found “the remains of a plastic bottle, burned aluminum foil and some type of chemical on the ground at the victim’s residence,” a deputy said in the document.
The homeowner watched the teens drive to Burkett’s house and pointed investigators in that direction. When deputies arrived at the home, they found the bomb-making items in plain sight in the silver SUV.
Burkett admitted making the bombs, and said two of the minors, “GA” and “BG,” helped make them and toss them.