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Homemade firecracker caused sandbox bang

TT/Rebecca Martin · 12 Aug 2011, 11:20

Published: 12 Aug 2011 11:20 GMT+02:00

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“She didn't find it in the sandbox but it was stuck in a rain gutter on a storage shed close to the sandbox,” said Christer Nilsson at the southern Stockholm police, to news agency TT on Friday.

When the little girl pulled at the cracker she heard a whooshing sound and then a loud bang, according to police.

The girl was immediately taken to a Stockholm children’s hospital where doctors operated on her hands during the afternoon and evening. According to police the operation was complicated and was expected to take around 12 hours.

The girl woke from the anaesthetic around midnight and her condition is reported to be stable. Doctors say that they have good hope that her hands may have been saved.

"She is OK under the circumstances and there is a good chance she will recover well," said Nilsson to TT.

Bomb technicians were sent to investigate the area and the pre-school’s surroundings were thoroughly searched for any other charges.

Some findings have been made on the premises and police will question people from the neighbourhood over the course of Friday.

According to TT, two men had been apprehended by police on Wednesday evening, after being observed to be driving around the area throwing firecrackers into public places.

They were stopped by police a few kilometers from the preschool on the suspicion of devastation endangering the public.

“They were driving around blowing up bus shelters. We are suspecting that there could be a connection, “ press spokeswoman Catharina Nordin told daily Expressen on Thursday.

According to Christer Nilsson the two incidents will be compared. The men are under suspicion for possession of everything from homemade bombs to foreign firecrackers, a serious offense according to the police.

"However, the type of firecracker that the little girl found is not of the same type as those that the men had in their possession," Nilsson said.

Due to the incident local company Sisab who owns and manages a number of pre-schools in the area are upping their security.

"We will have all the grounds checked, and especially the sandboxes," said CEO Åsa Öttenius to Expressen.

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The company will inspect the five pre schools that are closest to the one where the explosion occurred.

"We want to see if we can find anything else that looks like what the little girl found. We sincerely hope we find nothing and that this was a one-off incident," said Öttenius to TT.

The incident has been classified by police as attempted murder, carelessness endangering the public, alternatively gross negligence causing bodily harm.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:03 August 12, 2011 by StockholmSam
Please indicate the location of the sandbox so I know whether my little girl might be in any danger. I don't think that is a violation of any laws, is it?
09:27 August 12, 2011 by witsltd
It is förskolan Solbacken in Sköndal.

Check out http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article13456109.ab
09:35 August 12, 2011 by Skallywag
My heart just goes out to the little girl and her parents. I just hope that she will be ok and the surgeons have managed to fix her hands. What a horrible thing to happen in such an innocent environment. How can someone even consider doing what they did. It's simply beyond belief and I hope the perpetrator(s) are caught and punished.
09:54 August 12, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
This deplorable event happened because, as the government believes, nothing happens in Sweden.

I do not believe that the cylinder was left on purpose to hurt children. If someone did it on purpose, I hope the find him/her and really punish them by making them hold a grenade in their hands and then advice the SOS not to send any ambulance.
10:02 August 12, 2011 by Flappytango
flippin bastards
10:19 August 12, 2011 by Snoopy!
If it indeed turns out that the two they have apprehended did leave behind accidentally or otherwise a firecracker in the sand pit . i would make a public statement out of them & ram the equivalent firecracker right up their asses .

It is beyond me how these can be easily bought by just about anyone .Sweden is long overdue to only make these annoying fnnn devices available to only licensed handlers ( pyrotechnics) this has been the case in Australia for many years in several states.
11:09 August 12, 2011 by Twiceshy
These firecrackers are very annoying, lately it happens almost every week that some random guys blow one up near my house at night, making a noise which is annoying for people and downright scary for dogs (my dog always runs into the house scared).
13:11 August 12, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
"She didn't find it in the sandbox but it was stuck in a rain gutter on a storage shed close to the sandbox," said Christer Nilsson at the southern Stockholm police, to news agency TT on Friday."

If the girl did not find the firecracker in the sandbox, why in the hell is TL puttin a title that says "Homemade firecracker caused sandbox bang"

One more of the now thousands misleading titles from The Local.

If the police says that it was a homemade firecracker, perhaps the manufacturer is not an adult for a teenager. Well, just speculating.

Whoever the guilty comes out to be, he/she deserves a firecracker inside the back dark hole.
14:52 August 12, 2011 by Svensksmith
If the police had arrested these two jokers earlier, this may have been prevented.
15:07 August 12, 2011 by tadchem
This differs from the infamous IEDs used by Jihadists to kill people in the Middle East only in scale.
15:10 August 12, 2011 by jamesblish
Oh lord, that's terrible. Hope her hands were saved. Imagine having your hands blown to pieces at age 4 and not being able to use them for the rest of your life. Wow. Stupid, stupid prank. I admit, I've made my own homemade bombs and stuff but I wouldn't have left blanks behind. And I wouldn't have blown stuff up in public places like that. Damn.
20:02 August 12, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
"They were driving around blowing up bus shelters. We are suspecting that there could be a connection, " press spokeswoman Catharina Nordin told daily Expressen on Thursday.


A bit casual, that statement...I think it would be a very powerful bomb to do that.

Sounds like a multiple target terrorist raid to me.

Why didn't that story get reported here?
06:42 August 13, 2011 by porksteak
Idiot hoosiers. Don't do that where kids can be playing.
21:34 January 8, 2012 by janeway
They did get the guy responsible but he was let out and are free to do it again. The reason: "He is just 15 years old and from a culture other than Swedish and didn't understand it was a crime to do this so we had to let the poor fellow walk." Or something like taht...
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