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“MacGyver bombs” found outside Mason City residence


This news story was published on December 19, 2011.
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On Sunday afternoon, December 18th at about 4:33 pm, Mason City police officers were dispatched to 218 13th Street SE (pictured) for a report of suspicious items.

Upon arrival, they observed several plastic bottles sitting on the sidewalk that appeared to contain materials that when mixed could explode or start on fire.  These items are known as “MacGyver bombs.”  The Mason City Fire Department and the Iowa State Fire Marshall’s Office were requested to respond to the scene.

Iowa State Fire Marshall’s agents determined that the bottles could be potentially dangerous and were destroyed at the scene.  There was no property damage during the incident.

A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of three juveniles who were charged with reckless use of fire or explosives, a serious misdemeanor.

All three were referred to Juvenile Court Services and released to their parents.

The names of the juveniles are:

Jamison Diekuis, age 17 of Mason City

Daniel Shaw, age 17 of Mason City

Colin Halfpap, age 16 of Mason City

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3 Responses to “MacGyver bombs” found outside Mason City residence

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    should we charge the kids who TP houses with trespassing and terrorism?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    This is just kids horsing around. To charge them with a serious misdemeanor is ridiculous.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 20, 2011 at 3:26 am

      what about the kids that set the field on fire? they where just messin around i bet. Some kids today dont have any respect for ANYTHNG or anybody. Real bomb or fake bomb they need to be held accountable for their actions.