ATF Offering $10,000 to Anyone Who Gives Up the Guy Turning Flashlights Into IEDs
If you know the guy who decided to turn flashlights into IEDs that blow up when people try to turn them on, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering $10,000 for you to give him up.
Three of these devices have been found in the last three weeks, and have caused plenty of flashlight-related scares since.
Glendale police alerted everyone of the first two, after two residents found regular yellow handheld flashlights laying around outside, and both flashlights exploded when they tried to turn them on.
"Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in either event, but Explosive Ordinance Experts say that these devices were built to inflict serious injury," Glendale cops said.
Last week, someone donated one of the flashlights to a Phoenix Salvation Army, which blew up when an employee clicked it on.
Phoenix police said two employees were hurt, but they sustained only "very minor injuries."
Although no one's been seriously injured thus far -- in total, five people have been injured -- Glendale police said the devices "were built to inflict serious injury."
Along with the 10-grand announcement, the ATF reminds everyone not to mess with flashlights that aren't yours.
"Our immediate concern is that of public safety, if anyone discovers a flashlight that does not belong to them or appears out of place, no matter the color or shape, DO NOT attempt touch or manipulate the flashlight in any way," Special Agent in Charge of ATF Thomas Atteberry says in a statement. "We are confident the public can assist in providing additional information."
With that, ATF says it's not giving up any extra details about the IEDs "to avoid compromising the criminal investigation."
The phone number to collect your $10,000, appropriately enough, is 1-888-ATF-BOMB.
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