Acid bombs go off along Clearwater Beach

February 17th, 2010 by

Clearwater Beach, Florida– Police are searching for those responsible for planting a series of potentially dangerous acid bombs that detonated inside two separate restaurants along Clearwater Beach.

Investigators say the small homemade devices went off at both the Palm Pavilion and Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill between 4:30 and 5:30 Monday afternoon.

“We’re concerned because they were set off in public areas where people could have gotten hurt,” said Clearwater Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

One of the bombs was placed inside a garbage can just inside the front entrance at Frechy’s.

“There was a loud shotgun bang, from here in the area and then there was a lot of smoke,” said kitchen manager Tyler Hipsley.

Survalaence cameras at the restaurant captured at least one person wondering around the garbage can shortly before the explosion.

“There could have been anyone who stuck there hand into the garbe can when that thing went off,” Hipsley said. “Someone definitely could have gotten hurt.”

The other device was placed below the wooden deck in the outdoor eating area at the Palm Pavilion located across the parking lot from Frenchy’s.

Clearwater Police say customers were in the area, but no one was injured.

Investigators are reviewing the video tape and were out Tuesday searching the are for any additional evidence.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Clearwater Police Department Tip Line at 727-562-4422. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873- TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at: www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.


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