'Drano Bombs' Explode Near Washington Heights School

By Ben Fractenberg on June 21, 2010 7:10am | Updated on June 21, 2010 11:10am

A janitor from Public School 178 on Ellwood Street discovered the homemade bombs around 11 a.m. Sunday.
A janitor from Public School 178 on Ellwood Street discovered the homemade bombs around 11 a.m. Sunday.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A series of “Drano bombs” were set off all weekend near a Washington Heights school, the Daily News reported.

A janitor from Public School 178 on Ellwood Street discovered the homemade bombs around 11 a.m. Sunday. The janitor allegedly found three soda bottles containing drain opener and bleach.

"It sounded like fireworks," 20-year-old Valerie Castillo told the News. She said she heard a blast around 11 p.m. Friday. "I thought it was little kids playing because I heard kids running."

The FDNY found three more bottles under a car and the police found one more under another vehicle, the New York Post reported.

The fire department and police found 20 exploded bottles around the school. There were no reported injuries.

A janitor from Public School 178 on Ellwood Street discovered the homemade bombs around 11 a.m. Sunday.
A janitor from Public School 178 on Ellwood Street discovered the homemade bombs around 11 a.m. Sunday.
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