Two accused of making bombs in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM – Two 14-year-old boys have been charged with making and detonating bottle bombs on Division Street on Sunday afternoon, city police said.

Police said the boys were charged with felony crimes and will be arraigned in Montgomery County Family Court today.

Police today were looking for a third suspect.

The charges include third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree placing a false bomb or hazardous substance, both felonies, and second-degree reckless endangerment.

According to a news release, police responded to 255 Division St. around 5:10 p.m. and found suspicious devices that later were identified as bottle bombs in front of the address.

Police said a caller reported hearing “popping noises” and youths hanging out near an abandoned house on Division Street. A short time later, the caller called back and told police several bottles were placed near or around a vacant house at 255 Division St. and that some of the bottles had exploded.

Authorities said approximately seven homemade bottle bombs had exploded and an additional five homemade bottle bombs were still active and had not exploded yet.

The New York State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene, and upon arrival, neutralized the remaining active devices, police said.

Police said officers also found another six similar devices behind an old factory on Yeoman Street.

Investigating officers conducted numerous interviews and canvassed the neighborhood for suspects and were able to find two boys who were involved with the devices. A third juvenile suspected in the case had not been located as of this morning.

State police spokesman Mark Cepiel said the bombs were detonated with a “chemical reaction.”

“No injuries were sustained to any of the first responders or the residents of the neighborhood,” Amsterdam police said in the release.

Levi Pascher can be reached at lpascher@leaderherald.com.