Explosive Device Detonated in Ulysses Community Center

ULYSSES – State Police say they are investigating an incident that occurred at the Ulysses Community Center on April 3 at 11:15 pm.

An unknown person(s) threw a homemade explosive device, constructed from a plastic bottle, into the Community Center stairwell.

The device caused no damage to the stairwell.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact State Police by calling 814-274-8690.

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  1. Julie says:

    Was this small, like it was meant to be a prank or was it big enough that they were trying to do damage? And was there people in the building at the time?

  2. admin says:

    I can’t really answer your question, but I believe it was likely some kids messing around.

    The incident occurred at 11pm, so I don’t think anyone was in the building.

    If you’re familiar with the Community Building there, you’ll know that the stairwell is open to the outside of the building, and kids like to play there.

    I know the headline of this article could easily be misconstrued, as it really does sounds worse than I believe it actually was.

    We’re not in the business of sensationalizing the news, but honestly, I could not find a way to re-word the headline and still convey the incident in a factual light. I considered ‘Bottle Bomb’… but wasn’t sure that was a better way to describe it, as I’m not sure it was a ‘bomb’.

    Thanks Julie. I hope I’ve shed a bit more light on the matter and answered your questions the best I could.

    It’s possible that PSP will release an additional new release regarding the matter, especially if a citizen or witness comes forward and provides more information.

  3. admin says:

    As a personal side note: I remember when we were kids we would mess around with aluminum balls and another ‘household substance’, that when combined in a bottle with the lid closed, would explode.

    If I were to guess, I’d say this was probably something similar.

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