Herndon Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department investigators have charged 15 Herndon and Chantilly juveniles with the manufacture and use of fire bombs or other explosive devices. The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 14, 2012, around 9:15 p.m., on a neighborhood playground in the 3200 block of Kinross Circle, in Oak Hill.
Police, including the bomb squad, also responded to the incident. One of the unexploded devices was a plastic, two-liter bottle filled with a chemical liquid, but police were able to disable it and render it safe at the scene. The improvised explosive devices (IEDs) caused no injuries or property damage.
“A resident heard a boom or explosion of some sort, called 911 and we were dispatched,” said Fire Department spokesman Dan Schmidt on Wednesday. “The teens had set off some of the IEDs, and we found evidence of that, so we called in the police.”
The juveniles were charged Tuesday, Feb. 5, with the manufacture, possession and use of fire bombs or explosive materials or devices. Schmidt said all 15 were boys and all were teenagers.