Police seek person in bottle-bomb case

AMSTERDAM – The city Police Department is attempting to locate a person of interest in relation to the bottle bomb incident on Easter that resulted in two teens being arrested, according to city police Det. Lt. Kurt Conroy.

Conroy said this morning the person of interest is wanted for questioning and isn’t necessarily going to be arrested for involvement with the incident.

He declined to comment on the intent of those responsible, but did say they “were not remorseful about the incident” when interviewed by police.

Two 14-year-old boys were charged with making and detonating bottle bombs on Division Street on Sunday, city police said.

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.

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

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