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Residents in Virginia's Fairfax County should watch for homemade chemical bombs placed in residential mailboxes or on front lawns, authorities say.
Anthony Barrero, battalion chief of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department's Fire and Hazardous Material Investigative Services unit, said 11 such crude devices have been found in Reston, Great Falls and West Springfield since May. No injuries have been reported and the incidents are thought to have been spread by "word of mouth," Barrero said.
"These events tend to occur in clusters," he said. "We suspect they are placed by young adults or juveniles. We don't believe there's any correlation to them other than word of mouth. They're just pranks."