Franklin police arrest teens in connection to homemade bombs

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 5:13pm

Police in Franklin have arrested four teenagers suspected of allegedly placing 13 homemade explosive devices in the Polk Place subdivision Monday evening.

The four teens, whose ages rang from 14 to 16, face aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges after one of the devices (plastic bottles filled with household chemicals) exploded in the hands of a Polk Place Drive resident.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, Franklin police and fire personnel responded to the 200 block of Polk Place Drive off of Mack Hatcher Memorial Parkway after the resident answered his doorbell to find what he thought was trash on his front steps, according to Franklin police. The bottle, however, exploded when he took it inside to dispose of it.

The man was transported to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries but is now recovering at home.

The teens were in the custody of the Williamson County Juvenile Services.

Emergency responders later found a total of 13 similar devices left on the front porches of five different homes in the Polk Place subdivision. All but one detonated on their own, and a Tennessee Highway Patrol bomb squad responded to detonate it.

Franklin police warned anyone who finds a suspicious bottle to leave it alone, clear people away from it and call 9-1-1.

24 Comments on this post:

By: treehugger7 on 6/22/11 at 6:22

Somwhow i think that if this was happening in north nashville, we'd be hearing a lot more about it. The resident interviewed on tv had a 'boys will be boys' attitude. This is a good argument for year round schooling.

By: budlight on 6/22/11 at 6:38

Boys will be boys and these boys need to be in jail for attempted murder. School will not help them. Let's lock them up with old bubba and let him teach them about being men! I'm tired to pandering to these kids. They are criminals and need to be treated as such.

By: treehugger7 on 6/22/11 at 7:02

Don't usually agree with you, budlight, but you nailed it today! Boys can be boys in Williamson county--"how clever and cute" till someone dies. How many kids do you think would get a slap on the wrist in north Nashville. Life is different "south of the (county) border".

By: Ingleweird on 6/22/11 at 7:58

Yeah, budlight, let's get those 14 to 16 year old boys raped in prison by adults! How's about YOU go ahead and rape yourself, then come back here and start dishing out your divine judgement on juveniles? Doosh.

Wait! Are you insinuating that learning homosexuality and rape has something to do with being a man? You are truly a piece of shi'ite.

@treehugger: Of course! We all know how black youth get slaps on their wrists WAY MORE OFTEN than whites from affluent neighborhoods! Thank you for pointing this out!

By: dargent7 on 6/22/11 at 8:15

These hoodlums will have charges on their records, forever.
Fine the PARENTS.
The lawyer fees will cripple them anyway, but add some.
Pathetic losers.
The parents, I mean.

By: breathofdeath on 6/22/11 at 8:59

I've got a better idea of what to do with them: line up these four boys, take four of the bottle bombs that they made, shake them up real good, and stuff them down the front of their pants so that after the bombs go off the little punks won't be able to breed in the future.

By: Cookie47 on 6/22/11 at 9:55

This is Franklin so the time the boys spent in jail when they were arrested is all the time they'll spend there. Mommy and daddy will get them off by tossing around some money.

Now, if I was the guy that got hurt, these four families would have a real tough time affording much of anything for a very long time. Perhaps that's already in the works and I wish the victim luck.

By: conservarage on 6/22/11 at 12:28

Ingleweird is just jealous because this crime story didn't occur in his neighborhood, for once.

By: Ingleweird on 6/22/11 at 12:51

Oh yeah, there's so much crime in Inglewood. Last night, after the race riots, we had an army of carjackers dealing crack on every corner. And you know how much I hate it when I can't get bombs exploded in my face!

Now go back under your toll bridge.

By: duke25 on 6/22/11 at 4:05

I don't understand how anyone can say that these kids/juveneilles are criminals. Many kids, especially boys around the age of 15 or 16 have the tendency to want to light things on fire and blow things up. Does that mean that they are criminals because they set this drink bottle bomb on someone's porch. I don't believe so. Yes, they made a bomb, which most likely consisted of drano and alluminum foil which would cause the drink bottle to expand and then blow up. Anyone that picked this drink bottle up and noticed that it was expanding should have been able to see that it was going to blow up, but that is beside the point. I'm sure all of the people that leave their comments on this sight have never done anything wrong or maybe they did something wrong and just didn't get caught for it. These kids are not terrorists just because they did wrong action. The important thing is for them to learn from their mistakes, but since they are minors, it should not efffect the rest of their lives. Let's think about the dennis the menace movie where he was always in trouble for breaking stuff and causing trouble, yet in the end he was just a kid that made some mistakes.

By: bfra on 6/23/11 at 3:12

duke must be one of the parents!

When teens put theirselves in adult situations, they should be treated like adults! Where are the names & pictures of the little, probably rich thugs?

By: Cookie47 on 6/23/11 at 6:11

I agree with bfra. Duke25 must be a parent of one of these little darlings, naive, stupid, or all of the above. Most guys did things growing up that bordered on criminal. I did. But not once did I consider putting together multiple bombs and distributing them around the neighborhood.

This is Franklin so their parents will throw enough money at it until it goes away and the boys won't learn a thing except mommy and daddy will cover for your sorry butts so do what you want. There are no consequences. One day there will be and, since mommy and daddy didn't make them learn now, they'll go to prison for a very long time but someone may have been killed in the process.

I dare say that if it had been Duke25 who'd had the bomb harm them, it would have been the world's worst thing since 9/11 and the little Jihadists should be in Gitmo. Such a double standard but it is Franklin.

By: BenDover on 6/23/11 at 8:08

Geezzz... it's a prank. Based on the headlines and the overreaction you'd think it was pipe bombs.

By: therapacize47 on 6/23/11 at 8:37

Prank? There are other descriptive words that seem more suitable for bomb making and prank just doesn't fit in there. Don't excuse the behaviors as being a prank. I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time when I read the comment from the guy who said it was the victim's fault because he didn't recognize the item as a bomb. Yeah, it's really his fault. No, let's not lock these kids up in an adult prison. Let's hold them and the parents responsible for the behaviors, financially and legally. Let's go ahead and restrict some of their freedoms. Let's let them do some really nasty community service work (maybe a few months cleaning kennels and the dog pound? Or cleaning the floors at a MediCare Seniors facility? Or picking up trash on the roadways during the hottest part of the summer.) And whatever their financial situation, let the parents feel the pain also - financially as well as in other areas. Maybe they could do a bit of community service at local hospitals, help clean up the debris from those "innocent young people" who drink, drive, and wreck. Or a hundred other things. Bottom line - people do not change until the pain exceeds the pleasure. Let them feel the pain in a merciful but unyielding manner.

By: girliegirl on 6/23/11 at 9:11

This antic can be found on the is NOT a prank and can cause imminent death. Geez, you guys, have you no heart at all anymore? Or were you going to wait until it was your own child who was viciously maimed or killed to pass judgment? The kids/murderers at Columbine HS probably started in a similar way..... just committing "pranks" as you call it.'s well documented that this "prank" can cause certain death. (shaking my head here)

By: girliegirl on 6/23/11 at 9:11

This antic can be found on the is NOT a prank and can cause imminent death. Geez, you guys, have you no heart at all anymore? Or were you going to wait until it was your own child who was viciously maimed or killed to pass judgment? The kids/murderers at Columbine HS probably started in a similar way..... just committing "pranks" as you call it.'s well documented that this "prank" can cause certain death. (shaking my head here)

By: girliegirl on 6/23/11 at 9:18

@BenDover....when you're permanently blinded by that little "prank" as you call it, let me know what your life is like, okay?

By: girliegirl on 6/23/11 at 9:19

BTW, it was suggested in other communities around the country where this has happened that you NOT pickup trash you find. Great....just great.

By: fairtradewins on 6/23/11 at 9:28

Send them all to Gitmo and have them tried by a military court! Oh, sorry. I just realized these were Williamson Co. Tenn. teenagers, ergo this wasn't an act of real terrorism. They were just fooling around.

By: Lorenzo on 6/23/11 at 10:05

Sadly this is considered a "harmless prank" in this up scale neighborhood. A few years back a group of pre-teens played the doorbell game and harassed a neighbor for several days for hours on end. When the neighbor had finally had enough he ran down one of the little darlings dragging him down from behind. The next day the parents, through their attorney, of the offending doorbell ringer brought assault charges against their neighbor.

When "harmless pranks" go bad they should not longer be considered harmless. Let the boys pay restitution for the cleanup, medical damages, and then serve considerable community service for the rest of the summer and into the school year. The court should not allow these little punks to be placed into a posture to be considered "heros" to their peers.

By: duke25 on 6/23/11 at 11:07

It would be tragic to say someone died from a "works" bomb. yes, a kid, could have picked up this bomb which would have most definitely harmed them worse. As far as saying this is as bad as 9/11 I would say not. Anyone who says that this is an act of terrorism and can even be compared to 9/11 is sadly mistaken and I must say needs some psychiatric help to show them what really did happen on 9/11. I'm definitely not a parent of these kids. I would feel very bad for the person that my kid harmed with their actions if I was, but I would also realize that this mistake should not affect the rest of my kids life just because of this. These kids should have to go through many community service hours, but should not stay locked up in jail and held with any such charges, which one of you had said should be treated as attempted murder. That would be insane. Some of the comments on here have blown me away. It makes me realize just how messed up our country is that people that have know idea about a situation, can say horrible things about someone else's misfortune or wrong action.

By: Cookie47 on 6/23/11 at 11:44


My comparison to 9/11 was that if it had happened to you, you would have thought it was as bad as 9/11. Instead, you want to make it out as nothing more than a prank. If this had happened in North Nashville, would you be saying it was just a prank? Is it simply a prank because kids of affluent parents in a nicer, more affluent part of middle Tennessee committed it?

This will not affect the rest of their lives, Duke. They'll get a slap on the wrist at the most. May be have to pay some restitution. But everything will be sealed as soon as they turn 18.

I can assure you, if I, my wife, or one of my children had been the victim, they'd be paying a hell of a lot more than restitution. Mommy and Daddy would be selling their "stuff" to pay for their kids' stupidity and I would want them to get juvenile jail time.

What most on here are trying to say is these little white-bread punks should get what any other kid would get for doing something so stupid and not get preferential treatment because they happen to live in a better part of town.

Should they be charged with attempted murder? NO! Reckless endangerment? Yes. That and complete and utter stupidity if it were a crime. If it were, people who think this was just a prank would be in jail along with the dumbasses who made the bombs.

By: RUSerious on 6/25/11 at 7:59

It's good too see the class envy is still alive an well in Nashville. First of all, from the idiotic comments on here about these "bombs", it's obvious the majority of posters have no clue what your talking about. So it was on the internet that people have died from these types of devices, that is highly unlikely. But, it WAS on the internet so it must be true. What the half-*ss media here failed to report was the extent of the injuries, IF there really was any or any sort of follow up as to their condition. That was conveniently left out of the story, in order to sensationalize it, but you mindless dolts jump right on the bandwagon with the class envy crap in order to make you feel better about your pathetic existence.

Sure, it was wrong to have thrown a "percussion device" on the porch and run. But as far a felony, ahhh no. Some community service hours in a burn unit or a re-hab unit with soldiers that suffered real injuries would be the best punishment.

But, to keep in line with the class warfare crap that you guys consistently post, there are PLENTY of teens in East and North Nashville that commit worse acts on a daily basis that could use some harsh punishment to "straighten" their acts up.

By: Cookie47 on 6/29/11 at 9:38


No class envy here. I use to live in Brentwood. I was held prisoner of war there for 8-1/2 years (divorce). I've seen how the other side lives and it ain't pretty. Between the "better than you" attitudes, snobbery, lies, fake boobs, face lifts, and people living far above their means and in debt far above their eyeballs, I'm much happier with the quiet country life of Rutherford County.

As for the "bombs," I have no doubt if it had been your house at which one of these bottles had been left, you'd be screaming a much different tune. I also have no doubt that, if it had been your house and one of the "teens in East and North Nashville that commit worse acts on a daily basis" as you put it, you'd be calling for a lynch mob to be assembled.

Try peddling your double standard BS some place else. It won't fly here.