Potty bombers heading to court


The Sun’s Josh Farley reports that four Bainbridge teens were charged by Kitsap County prosecutors for their suspected roles in using homemade bombs to destroy portable toilets around the island in June.

According to documents filed in Superior Court, the four 16-year-old boys will be arraigned in Kitsap County Juvenile Court on July 15 on second-degree malicious mischief charges, which are punishable with time in juvenile detention.

Six suspects were identified by Bainbridge Island police in late June, but only four were charged on Thursday.

Using sparklers and duct tape, the suspects allegedly blew up a number of portable toilets, police said, but prosecutors named two in particular in charging documents — one on Point White Drive and another at Hidden Cove Park.

In each of the incidents, police found evidence of the remnants of a “sparkler bomb,” in which sparkler fireworks were bunched together with duct tape and ignited.

Damage to the toilets exceeds $5,000, said Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan, who added that the bombs — one of which went off near a youth baseball game — could have hurt or killed someone.


Below are police report summaries of alleged sparkler bomb detonations on the island in June:

— A sparkler bomb destroyed a trash can June 2 at Point White Dock shortly after 1 p.m.

— A homemade bomb was detonated inside a portable toilet June 7 near a Bainbridge High School baseball field just before 10:30 p.m. A nearby resident reported that the explosion shook his house and terrified his children. Police found the toilet stall still smoking when they arrived. The door was blown off and numerous interior parts were found scattered nearby. Remnants of sparklers were found in and outside the stall.

— A portable toilet at a Point White Drive residence was destroyed by a homemade bomb shortly after 7 p.m. June 18. The explosion blew pieces of the toilet stall into the roadway and startled several neighbors. Based on evidence at the scene, police believe the bomb was made of sparklers.

— A portable toilet at a Phelps Road baseball field was damaged by a homemade bomb shortly after 8 p.m. June 18. Several people playing and coaching youth baseball nearby observed a young male enter the stall and leave quickly before the explosion.