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Police try to identify suspects in bus explosion, videos released

The Durham police are trying to identify three teens suspected of leaving a small explosive device on a Bull City Connector bus Tuesday night.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Police in Durham are looking for three teens after an explosion on a public transit bus Tuesday night.

Just around 9:35 p.m., police officers and fire and rescue crews were called to the intersection of West Main and Corcoran Streets after a jug of liquid exploded.

Police say the teens got on the bus around 9:30 p.m. in the area of East Main and Dillard streets and got off a few blocks later. They left a small, plastic drink bottle under a seat in the back. The bottle blew up less than a minute later.

It was determined that the container was a "Drano Bomb," which is a mix of drain cleaner and other materials that causes gases to build up in the bottle and explode.

Investigators are now reviewing security video from the six cameras on the bus.




The suspects were described as being in their mid to late teens. One teen was wearing a purple baseball cap with a pink bill, a dark sweatshirt, green cargo shorts and white and purple sneakers.

A second teen was wearing a light-colored T-shirt with writing and the number 22 on the front and light-colored shorts. A third teen was wearing a light blue shirt with writing on the front and light-colored long pants.

No one was injured, but a passenger sitting near the explosion and the driver were treated at the scene for exposure. Only the driver and the passenger were on the bus when the incident happened.

Anyone with information on the identities of the teens in question is asked to call Investigator A. Junker at (919) 560-4935, ext. 29416 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

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