HAZMAT TEAM NEUTRALIZES HOMEMADE BOMBS IN NORTH CONWAY

by Christian Mower on August 2, 2012

CONWAY POLICE SAY A 26-YEAR-OLD NORTH CONWAY MAN IS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONIES AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY BUILT AND EXPLODED SEVERAL HOMEMADE BOMBS NEAR HIS HOME.

LT. CHRIS PERLEY SAYS ANDREW G. SCHROEDER OF 32 SEAVEY ST. APPEARED IN DISTRICT COURT IN CONWAY THURSDAY AFTERNOON AFTER BEING ARRESTED EARLIER IN THE MORNING.

PERLEY SAYS NORTH CONWAY FIREFIGHTERS AND THE CARROLL COUNTY HAZMAT TEAM WERE CALLED TO A HOME NEAR SCHROEDER’S EARLY THURSDAY MORNING AFTER POLICE DETERMINED SCHROEDER HAD ALLEGEDLY PLACED HOMEMADE BOMBS – OFTEN REFERRED TO AS “DRANO” OR “THE WORKS” BOMBS – IN AND AROUND THE HOME.

FIVE TECHNICIANS FROM THE HAZMAT TEAM DONNED PROTECTIVE SUITS AND NEUTRALIZED FIVE BOMBS – THREE IN GLASS BOTTLES AND TWO IN LARGE PLASTIC CONTAINERS – NEAR 91 SEAVEY ST.

FORMER HAZMAT TEAM CHIEF AND CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS THE BOMBS ARE DANGEROUS BECAUSE THEY MIX ACID WITH ALUMINUM FOIL, CAUSING A REACTION THAT RELEASES FLAMMABLE HYDROGEN GAS THAT PRESSURIZES THE CONTAINERS.

HE SAYS THE BOMBS HAVE ENOUGH ENERGY TO BLOW OFF SOMEONE’S FINGERS OR BLOW UP A MAILBOX.

NO ONE WAS HURT. NORTH CONWAY AMBULANCE ALSO RESPONDED.

SCHROEDER IS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF AN INFERNAL MACHINE AND THROWING OR PLACING EXPLOSIVES – EACH CHARGE CARRIES A POTENTIAL TERM OF UP TO 15 YEARS AT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE PRISON.

A JUDGE SET BAIL FOR SCHROEDER AT $2,000 CASH. HE’S DUE BACK IN COURT AUGUST 28TH.