What started as a prank landed seven Ensworth students in handcuffs for what police said could have hurt someone.
After responding to a shots fired call at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at 2107 Golf Club Lane in Green Hills, West Precinct Flex Officer Forrest Drake stopped a pickup truck with two of the students in the cab and five in the bed of the truck.
After questioning, police spokesman Don Aaron said the students admitted to setting off 11 homemade “chemical reaction devices” in the yard of the home where a fellow student lived. The students mixed household chemicals and aluminum foil in plastic bottles, a combination that can cause the bottles to expand and explode.
The explosions didn’t cause any damage, and Aaron said there was no indication of malicious criminal intent.
“While we refer to it as pranking a classmate, it rises to a much different level when you talk about chemical reaction devices,” Aaron said. “These bottles once they’re loaded up are very dangerous. The bottle bursts and anyone around it could be harmed.”
The seven students were charged with possession of explosive components and violation of curfew.