Dry-Ice Bombs are So Hot Right Now: Seal Beach Police Drop Some Acid (Knowledge)

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Courtesy of Seal Beach Police Department
Dry-ice bombs are so hot right now!

A week after two homemade explosive devices--also known as acid bombs--exploded at Disneyland, police reveal two more have blasted in recent months in the College Park East area of Seal Beach.

Meaning Christian Isaiah Barnes should maybe come up with an alibi.

Christian Isaiah Barnes Pleads Not Guilty to Disneyland Dry-Ice Explosions

"These devices are a basic base + acid= chemical reaction device," reads a Seal Beach Police statement. "The chemical reaction is accelerated by friction, so kids combine the ingredients in a plastic bottle. Once the ingredients are combined and agitated, the chemical reaction results in a rapidly expanding gas. The danger is that there is no way to determine how quickly the gas will expand, but usually the bottle stretches before it blows."

Sounds very sinister indeed, especially to the beverage council running those ads around the clock on the teevee aimed at discouraging Californians from passing soda taxes.

Seal Beach Police warn acid bombs can produce chemical burns or impact injuries from explosions. Anyone who sees or hears one go off is urged to call the police or fire departments.

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Aaron Roach
Aaron Roach

When I was an idealistic little 8th grader, I was taught we didn't set bail amounts that the defendant couldn't possibly pay, and we don't punish people for crimes that we're afraid other people might commit in the future. But you're right, Disney is a multi-million dollar business.

dtakeda1
dtakeda1

Dry Ice, frozen carbon-dioxide, moves immediately from a solid phase to a gas phase. The expanding molecules provide enough pressure to destroy about any container it's placed in.  This used to be a problem back in the day when the old Coleman ice chests with latches were popular.  People would put dry ice into them with their food and latch them.  The internal pressure would blow up the ice chests.  These days, with the popularity of plastic ice chests that use friction to keep the lid closed, this isn't a problem.  Still, if you're going to use dry ice, it's recommended to use those cheap styrofoam ice chests with lids that just sit on top.

I'm not sure where the SBPD is getting the acid+base chemical reaction stuff.  I'm not an expert on this by any means, but I do dry ice doesn't need an acid or base to provide expanding gas.  It does it all on its own.

Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez

My whole block played with dry ice bombs when we were kids

Damien Trinkkeller
Damien Trinkkeller

FYI acid bombs are different... I used to make em like 20 years ago.. It's muriatic acid and aluminum foil lol

Karen Yeom
Karen Yeom

...disney is a multi-mil biz, and would be forced to pursue... let one guy off, it sets a precedence and they would in turn set a precedence on a stricter penalty so no one wilfully wreaks havoc.

Julio Martinez
Julio Martinez

You guys are idiots why would you spell t.v. Like "teevee" haha

Aaron Roach
Aaron Roach

Meh. I made one, and so did half of the dumbass teenage boys I knew. Pulling it at Disneyland was a special kind of stupid, but not even remotely worthy of terrorism charges and a million dollar bail. Some assistant DA is making a name of his/herself by unjustly destroying someone's life.

AlexCassidy
AlexCassidy

Methinks you're getting dry ice bombs and Drano bombs twisted. What the SBPD described seems like the latter.

Aaron Roach
Aaron Roach

Dry ice and acid are two different things, guys.

kbear09090
kbear09090

@dtakeda1 They are talking about vinegar / baking soda bombs. Back in the day I used potassium chlorate, sulfur and powdered aluminum. Kids these days are just not science oriented.

RocketJ
RocketJ

@dtakeda1Moving directly from solid to gas is know as sublimation. SBPD will be bringing in Rome Ramirez for questioning about this.

kbear09090
kbear09090

@Damien Trinkkeller I was thinking vinegar and baking soda but that works too.

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