Police spent part of Monday morning scouring a northside neighborhood after someone apparently threw multiple Molotov cocktails in an attempt to ignite trash piles.
Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live from 15th Street and McKenzie with the latest details.
A resident noticed smoke coming from a brush pile in front of her home at around 9 a.m. She reported it, and when fire and police crews arrived, they quickly extinguished what turned out to be a burning Molotov cocktail, which hadn't yet exploded.
Police said they think it was just an attempt at juvenile vandalism, but because a Molotov cocktail is considered an explosive device, whoever threw it faces federal charges.
"I was sleeping with my granddaughters. The fire department said, if this pile caught fire, it could have taken out three homes," resident Grace Salinas said. "I'm very worried."
Two hours after that fire was put out, crews were called back to the area when another homeowner several doors down discovered an unignited Molotov cocktail wedged into a storm drain at the base of another trash pile. A member of the Bomb Squad was called in to remove the device and take it in for investigation.
Police said they do not believe it was gang related, and think it might have been juveniles with too much time on their hands because of Spring Break.
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