Man arrested after explosive device detonates, sickens officers

Police: Devices were foil bombs

INDIANAPOLIS - A 27-year-old man has been arrested after an explosive device detonated on Indianapolis' south side, emitting fumes that sickened two officers, police said.

Officers were called to a home near South Meridian Street and LeGrande Avenue on Wednesday on reports of shots fired after neighbors reported hearing three explosions.

"I thought it was a 12-gauge shotgun. Boom, boom," said neighbor Norris Patton.

When police arrived, they found four pressurized devices in plastic bottles that had been thrown out of a home, one of which had exploded.

"The one that rolled off the roof exploded right next to my fence, and it got the stuff in my face," said neighbor Joe McTarshey. "The EMT's had to look at me, along with the officer."

According to the police report, the devices, commonly known as foil bombs, were likely made by mixing two or more chemical compounds with aluminum foil.

William Williams, 27, who was found at the home, was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of an explosive device.

Two police officers who were exposed to the fumes were treated and released.

Williams' 5-year-old son was also at home. He was not injured.

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