Police seek suspects in bottle incident on bus
The Durham Police Department is investigation a small explosion on a Bull City Connector bus Tuesday night.
About 9:35 p.m. police were called to the bus in downtown Durham, near Main and Corcoran streets.
David King, general manager for Triangle Transit said video footage from Tuesday night shows a group of three teenagers getting onto the bus, concealing what appeared to be a water or pop bottle.
King also said the driver said when the bomb went off it sounded more like a pop, rather than an explosion.
“I think it was unfortunate that this got characterized as an explosion,” King said. “(It) sounds more like a science experiment.”
King said luckily, since the explosion was minor, no one was injured. Both the driver and a passenger were taken to a hospital to be examined. They were both released.
No one else was injured during the incident, and the bus was not seriously damaged.
Investigators on scene determined the jug was a “Draino bomb,” which uses household cleaners to create an explosion.
“I think to call this a bomb gives it more gravity than it deserves,” King said. He said a firecracker would have been more cause for alarm in this instance, because the loud noise would have actually scared the bus driver, instead of the “pop” that was heard in Tuesday night’s incident.
“I don’t think there is anything about this that is alarming.” King said.
A hazardous material team was on scene last night to complete the investigation. Police, EMS, fire and the Hazmat crew closed off Main Street from Market and Mangum streets to conduct the investigation.
Police are still investigating the explosion. No suspect has been identified yet, and no charges have been filed. King said the police will make the decision on whether or not charges should be filed.
Police officials are reviewing the tape. It has not been released to the public yet.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.