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Seven teenagers charged with North Aurora bombings

Updated: September 23, 2013 2:23PM

Seven North Aurora teens are facing charges this week for their alleged involvement in a series of “Drano” bombings that occurred throughout the village earlier this summer.

From May 25 through June 5, six residents reported that someone had exploded a “Drano” bomb somewhere on their property. The bombs involved were homemade overpressure devices made out of plastic bottles and household chemicals, police said. They are often referred to as “Drano bombs,” named after the common, name brand pipe clog remover, but they can be made using other products as well.

Police said that the chemicals used cause a reaction that creates pressure inside the bottles until they burst.

No one was injured during any of the six incidents, and no damage was caused by the actual bombs.

An overhead garage door of one of the homes was damaged, however, after a 16-year-old boy allegedly kicked it during one incident. He has been charged with felony criminal damage to property for causing $1,450 in damages.

In total, six 15-year-olds and the 16-year-old are charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Police said the teens have all been referred to Kane County Juvenile Court Services for further action.

The incidents occurred at the following locations:

700 block of Magnolia Drive, May 25, around 4:20 a.m.

Three homes were targeted in the 1400 block of Oakland Circle on June 1 at 4:45 a.m. One of these homes received the garage door damage.

100 block of East Victoria Circle: Two incidents which happened between May 29 and June 1.

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