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Police: 2 teens confess to PSL acid bombing

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 15:33:29-05

Port St. Lucie police say two teen brothers have confessed to the acid bombing incident on January 15, according to Port St. Lucie Police Department  Chief John Bolduc.

The incident happened around 4:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of Saphire Terrace, in Port St. Lucie.

According to investigators, the brothers constructed a homemade Gatorade bottle acid bomb. The plastic bottle was placed  inside a residential mailbox and exploded.

A second acid bombing incident happened on January 19 in the 200 block of SE Inwood Avenue in Port St. Lucie. A mailman discovered a 'suspicious bottle' while delivering the mail.  The bottle with a brown liquid in it,  fell out of the mailbox but did not explode.

Police say the two teenage brother suspects in this case saw media reports of the acid bombing incident and confessed to their parents that they were responsible for the acts of vandalism.

The parents brought the brothers to the Port St. Lucie Police Department and spoke with detectives about their involvement in the crime.

The brothers agreed to pay restitution for the damage done to the mailboxes. They say the act was a "dumb prank" and did not intend to hurt anyone. The mailboxes were chosen at random and were not specifically targeting anyone, according to police.

Charges are pending as detectives review the case.