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Mar 17, 2012 9:36 PM by Kate Richards

Longmont family makes acid bombs

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Police say what started as a science experiment led to a Longmont father being arrested on multiple felony bomb-making charges.

The Longmont Times-Call reports Leo David Gerritzen was arrested Thursday and faces charges of possession of explosive material and attempting to use an explosive device after two blasts were reported the previous Saturday.

Investigators say Gerritzen's wife told them the bombs started as a "science experiment" at the couple's home to show their kids chemical reactions, and the experiments escalated from there.

One of the bombs was placed at the home of Gerritzen's former landlords, with whom he had a dispute. The other was placed outside a friend's home in what police called a prank. No one was injured.

The acid bombs use a hydrochloric acid solution to cause sealed bottles to explode.

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