Parents and dog owners beware. The threat from an unassuming tennis ball that you might find on the ground around the fourth of July is real. Kent, Washington, police have issued a warning informing citizens that sometimes people make homemade fireworks and use tennis balls to hold the explosives. If the tennis ball bomb does not go off, they are just left where they landed.
The tennis ball bombs are easy to identify. They use a real tennis ball, and usually have a wick or fuse sticking out of them. They may be wrapped in duct tape. Sometimes people make pipe bombs and leave the duds lying around as well. Police advise us to not touch anything that we might think is a ball or pipe bomb. If you find one, stay clear of it and call 911 immediately. Do not try to dispose of it yourself. The police have professionals who are trained to handle these types of explosives.
In Kent, Washington, police have issued a warning to all dog owners. They are encouraging people not to pick up any tennis balls they find lying around. This can be extremely challenging for a dog owner if they let their animal off the leash.
CBS News reported that individuals enjoy making their own fireworks at home although the result can be a missing limb or instant death. Nevertheless, people across Washington state are putting fireworks into tennis balls or pipes. If the “fireworks” don’t explode as planned, they usually leave the tennis ball on the ground like a land mine waiting to rip someone’s leg off.