B.G. teen arrested for allegedly tossing small explosive

It exploded under unoccuopied vehicle

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: June 15, 2011, 8:36 PM

 

Battle Ground police have arrested an 18-year-old man who allegedly set off a small explosive device under a vehicle in a parking lot in the 900 block of West Main Street on Tuesday afternoon.

Christopher W. Poths of Battle Ground was taken to the Clark County Jail on suspicion of reckless endangerment, according to a bulletin from the Battle Ground Police Department.

About 1 p.m. Tuesday, a witness came to the police department to say he’d seen two males toss a plastic bottle, believed to have been filled with cleaning fluid, under a car. The bottle exploded but caused no damage.

The suspects are thought to have picked the car, which was unoccupied, at random. The car was driven away before police arrived and its owner hadn’t been identified or contacted, the bulletin said.

People were about 30 or more feet away when the bottle exploded.

Using the suspects’ license plate and a description from a witness, police found two suspects and arrested one, Poths, the bulletin said.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.