An explosive incident ended with the arrests of two high school students on Jan. 29.
On Sunday, Jan. 26 a homemade bomb was thrown in the parking lot of Albertsons on Calle Real in Goleta. The device exploded at about 4:40 p.m., causing no damage.
Explosives investigators from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Dept. identified the car associated with the incident and discovered it at Dos Pueblos High School last Wednesday. Evidence associated with the explosive – including muriatic acid, a liquid commonly used to etch concrete and other surfaces – was found inside the vehicle.
The two 17-year-old male suspects were arrested for the possession and ignition of explosive devices. Investigators obtained evidence of nine other detonations that may be linked to the two juveniles, pending further investigation. There was no damage as a result of any of these detonations, all of which occurred in the Goleta area.
The two juveniles have not yet been charged, however investigation is continuing and may result in additional charges against a third 17-year-old boy who is also a student at Dos Pueblos.