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Police again respond to bottle bomb explosions

If it is an adolescent prank, authorities say it is starting to get old.

For the fourth time in recent months, Buffalo police have responded to explosions involving bottle bombs.

The latest incident occurred just before 12:30 p.m. Monday when two bottle bombs detonated in the parking lot of the Dollar General store at Bailey and Westminster avenues.

No injuries or damage were reported, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

And again, police are asking the public for assistance in trying to catch the culprits, who police believe are teenage vandals.

Two weeks ago, a juvenile was arrested for throwing a bottle bomb at a store on Comstock Avenue in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood.

On April 29, city police and Canisius College public safety officers investigated an incident on Meech Street where a bottle bomb exploded but did not cause any damage. On April 14, two such explosive devices on Hughes Avenue reportedly caused property damage to a house.

“We take these incidents very seriously, and if in fact they are being done by kids who think these are pranks, it could be a very serious situation resulting in criminal charges,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said Monday.

Authorities have said that anyone who comes upon the devices should stay clear of them and call 911 immediately. Those who might have leads are asked to call or text the police confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or e-mail the department at