Durham News

July 23, 2014

Police report small explosion on bus in downtown Durham

No serious injuries were reported Tuesday evening after a “small bottle explosive device” popped on a bus in downtown Durham, police reported.

No serious injuries were reported Tuesday evening after a “small bottle explosive device” popped on a bus in downtown Durham, police reported.

Surveillance footage shows three young men boarding the bus at about 9:30 p.m., leaving a 20-ounce bottle on the floor and departing. About 30 seconds later, the footage shows, the bottle released a puff of white smoke or vapor, alarming a nearby passenger.

The tiny explosion happened near the intersection of Main and Corcoran streets, police said. The nearby passenger and the driver were checked at a hospital and released, according to a police department press release.

Police described the container as a “Drano bomb.”

Roads were blocked off from Market to North Mangum streets until a hazardous materials team was able to complete its investigation, police said. The bus was not damaged.

Police say the suspects are in their mid to late teens. One wore a purple ball cap with a pink bill, a dark sweatshirt, green cargo shorts and white and purple sneakers, according to police.

Another suspect wore a light-colored T-shirt with writing and the number 22 on the front, and light-colored shorts; a third wore a light-blue shirt with writing on the front and light-colored long pants, police reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves, according to police.

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