- Sep 5, 2002
Really, that should be saved for....um...er...when exactly is a good time?I always thought finals week was an appropriate time. Of course, that was back in the carefree days when hardly anybody worried about getting shot at school, and "bombs" consisted of a couple of firecrackers in a cardboard tube - more Wile E. Coyote than Osama Bin Laden.
Currently the cops are looking for the last of several suspects in a "prank" that involved setting off pipe-bombs packed with M-80s in mailboxes. The mailboxes were shredded, covering the area with shrapnel. Only sheer luck in the timing of the explosions prevented anyone from being injured. (One exploded only minutes before the mail truck arrived at that house.) After two bombs exploded police found several others and disarmed them without incident.
The dry-ice bombs the kids at the link made were a far cry from the explosives and metal bombs the freaks around here were responsible for. I'd say the dry-ice kids were stupid and irresponsible, rather than vicious and evil. Granted, a dry-ice bomb can cause a serious explosion and injuries, but the guys responsible probably didn't know that or didn't really believe it. Regardless they should be held accountable, but I don't think they should be treated as severely as the high school kids who packed four or five M-80s into a sealed pipe, stuck it in a mailbox on a weekday afternoon as the mail was being delivered, lit the fuse and drove away.
"But after they saw stories about the incident on TV, they came to us. They realized they had erred."They're fools, but I don't think they're evil. However, punishment is not just about making the perpetrators see the error of their ways, it is also about sending a warning to others. The sort of moron that makes bombs 'as a prank' will have a take-home message of 'they got on the news but no real harm was done' unless there is punishment of some sort as well.
but i don't think we need to be overly heavy-handed about the whole thing.But I bet you'd be signing a different tune if it hurt or killed someone.
Imagine if someone you loved was killed by it. Do you think the fact that those kids didn't mean any harm would make it any less of a loss to you?
Why does a loss of life have to make things more serious? It shouldn't.
From the story: "Deputies neutralized the unexploded bombs by shooting bullets into them, releasing the pressure in the plastic bottles."Is it just me or does this seem like a funny way to disarm dry-ice bombs? Wouldn't bullets do large amounts of damage, as opposed to tossing a garbage can over them and letting them go of on their own accord? Or maybe just hit them with a stick.