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Update: Police seeking suspect in eight MacGyver bombs in Montevideo, Minn.

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Update: Police seeking suspect in eight MacGyver bombs in Montevideo, Minn.
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MONTEVIDEO — Montevideo Police say someone has been setting off a series of “MacGyver bombs" in town.

Over the past few days, police have found eight MacGyver bombs in Montevideo, according to Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher.

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The first four bombs were detonated near a home on South Fifth Street. Three children reside in the home, but they were not the ones who put the bombs there, Christopher said.

The other four bombs were found in the same part of town.

The homemade bombs are made by mixing aluminum and chemicals inside a plastic pop bottle. A chemical reaction creates pressure and causes an explosion.           

These MacGyver bombs can cause damage and injury, Christopher said.

“They can spew chemical all over and cause chemical burns,” he said. “If a kid came up to one, they could be injured. If it got in someone’s eyes, it could certainly cause damage.”

No one was injured by any of the bombs found in Montevideo.

While MacGyver bombs are not to be taken lightly, they’re also “not uncommon” to find, Christopher said.

“I can think of several cases where we’ve found these in town,” he said. “In the early 2000s, we had a string of them. One officer burned his skin while investigating one.”

The Police Department believes it has found all of the MacGyver bombs in town. Police do have a suspect and are not releasing his name at this time.

The suspect does have a criminal history, Christopher said.

Anyone with information about this case can contact the Montevideo Police Department on their Facebook page or call 320-269-8808.

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