Police seek leads in garbage can explosions at Edmonds-Woodway HS

By Teresa Wippel, My Edmonds News

Edmonds police and Edmonds-Woodway High School officials are investigating explosions that were confined inside two garbage cans in the school cafeteria during the second lunch period Monday. EWHS Principal Michelle Trifunovic sent the following letter home to parents Monday afternoon following the event, which caused no property damage or injuries:

January 30, 2012

Dear Edmonds-Woodway Families,

I want to ensure that you have the facts regarding a brief incident that occurred at approximately 11:40 a.m. today in the café area of the school. No injuries and no property damage were caused after items placed in two different garbage cans exploded but were contained to the garbage receptacles. Fire District 1 determined that the items were bottles which contained a common household chemical that when sealed, the pressure forced the bottles to explode. Videos of how to construct such devices are easily accessible and common on the Internet. Please talk with your student and if they have any information regarding this incident please call  Edmonds Police at 425-771-0200. The matter is under investigation.

Michelle Trifunovic
Edmonds-Woodway High School

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