- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 11, 2013

An 18-year-old Utah beauty queen has been charged with felony bomb possession after police say she and friends threw plastic bottles filled with caustic chemicals at people they knew, a local television station reported.

Kendra McKenzie Gill, recently crowned Miss Riverton, acknowledged that she and three other teens were tossing bombs powered by household chemicals and aluminum foil on people’s property “to scare some of their other friends,” Unified Fire Authority investigator Steve Bowen said in a court affidavit.

One of the teens reportedly told authorities it was a prank.

“They were throwing them at both property and people,” Unified Fire Authority Capt. Clint Mecham told the station. “This goes well beyond a teenage prank. They’re very caustic, very nasty. So they can cause injury to somebody just if the chemicals get on somebody, much less the fragmentation of the shrapnel damage that can be caused. They can very easily cause serious harm or even death.”

No one was injured in the incident.

All of the teens have been released on $50,000 bond. They are charge with 10 first-degree felony counts, including construction of an incendiary device, the station reported.


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