Calendar · Newsletters · Events  
About the City Business Government Residents Departments Online Services
City Manager Redwood City, California
     Home » City Manager » News Releases » News Release

Our Core Purpose and Values

City Manager's Initiatives


Economic Development

Information Technology

News Releases

   · 2015
   · 2014
   · 2013
   · 2012
   · 2011
   · 2010
   · 2009
   · 2008
   · 2007
   · 2006
   · 2005
   · 2004
   · 2003


Awards and Recognition

Biography of City Manager Bob Bell

Contact the Staff of the City Manager’s Office

Archived News Release from 2009

For Immediate Release
Redwood City Police Warn Community about “Acid Bombs”

Redwood City, CA - July 13, 2009 - Recently there have been several reports of so-called “acid bombs” in unincorporated Redwood City and in the City of Belmont. These are normally large plastic soda bottles containing caustic chemicals which are designed to create a chemical reaction and explode.These devices can be extremely dangerous, and they may detonate unexpectedly.

The Redwood City Police Department is advising the community to be aware of any such suspicious bottles, or other suspicious packages. Anyone who sees a suspicious object like this is strongly urged NOT to handle it. The proper action is to clear the immediate area and call 911. Do not touch the bottle or any other suspicious packages.

An “acid bomb” can often be identified by the following characteristics:

  • The plastic bottle may have masking or duct tape around it to prevent it from melting
  • It may be hot or be bulging
  • There will be aluminum foil inside the bottle (part of the chemical reaction).
  • The liquid inside the bottle may be greenish-yellow and may be foamy, and may put off an "acid" or "sulfuric acid" smell.
  • It may have nails, screws or other secondary sharp objects taped to the bottle.
  • The bottle may be placed in front of a door way or other area accessible to foot traffic.

To reiterate, these devices can be very dangerous – if any member of the community sees any such item, they are advised to clear the immediate area and call 911.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s newsletters or other City documents at


Sergeant Eric Stasiak
Redwood City Police Department
(650) 780-7100


Footer Menu Bar


© Copyright 1996-2011 City of Redwood City
Please read our Terms of Service
Please email any comments or suggestions to
Unless otherwise noted, all phone numbers are in area code 650.

City Home Site Map Search Contact Us Suggestions