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Pair of Hokies charged after detonating explosive device

Thermonuclear Explosion

No, seriously, they did.  Allegedly.

According to a report from the Roanoke Times, Virginia Tech football players Joshua Trimble and Brian Rody were arrested Sunday night after what the paper describes as a small explosive device was detonated (pictured).  At this time, it’s unclear if the denotation was meant as a tribute to or impersonation of the Hokies’ six-loss season.

Whatever the case, the two budding CIA operatives were charged with manufacturing and detonating an explosive device.  The charges are no joking matter, though, as they’re felonies.

Tech subsequently confirmed that, per school policy as it relates to a felony charge, the players are automatically hit with an indefinite suspension.  The Washington Post points out that Bonnie and Clod are no longer listed on the football team’s roster, either.

An attorney for the player told the Associated Press that “they were playing a prank on a friend and meant no harm.”  That prank, the Post reports, involved “[putting] aluminum foil and toilet bowl cleaner into a soda bottle and [leaving] it outside someone else’s apartment.”

It goes ‘Boom,’ blows up and made a loud noise,” the lawyer, Jimmy Turk, told the paper in reference to the incident, not the Hokies’ 2012 season. “They went back to their apartment and were laughing about it. They certainly did not have any idea that it would be anything at all that would constitute a felony charge being brought.”

Both of the players involved in the incident are walk-ons.  Trimble, a linebacker, played in 11 games this season, mainly on special teams, while Rody, a quarterback, did not see the field after redshirting as a true freshman last season.

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16 Responses to “Pair of Hokies charged after detonating explosive device”
  1. rollinghighwayblues says: Dec 4, 2012 10:03 AM

    “One swing and this here ball-peen hammer will trigger this A-bomb…and it goes bang.”

  2. barbeaux says: Dec 4, 2012 10:14 AM

    Wow. Law enforcement is getting out of hand. Felonies for that?

  3. matreyu13 says: Dec 4, 2012 10:16 AM

    And Boom goes the dynamite

  4. eastcoastniner says: Dec 4, 2012 10:38 AM

    I guess they need to arrest everyone that’s put Mentos in Diet Coke and charge them with felonies.

  5. mydixienormus says: Dec 4, 2012 10:38 AM

    I used to make these all the time in college. We used dry ice and a little water in a 2 liter plastic bottle.

    It takes a few minutes, but you get quite the bang (like an M-80…if they still make these).

    They should just say they were doing a sciene experiement.

  6. haardcase says: Dec 4, 2012 11:01 AM

    The only hitch with their mentos/Diet Coke/dry ice/water “bomb” is that when the foil/toilet cleaner concoction goes off, it sprays hot lye all over the place.

    Nothing spices up your night more than a good ol’ chemical burn!

  7. cd_ridge says: Dec 4, 2012 11:42 AM

    I played with fireworks as a kid, too. Nothing to see here. They will walk with a slap on the wrist.

  8. fearthabird52 says: Dec 4, 2012 11:52 AM

    i guess they play for frank bOOmer not frank beemer

  9. jimbo75025 says: Dec 4, 2012 12:58 PM

    Wow. If this is the biggest “crime” the police in Blacksburg have to investigate, that city must be the safest place on earth. I assume there are no open murders on the books there? Perhaps this was very late at night and there was nobody jaywalking at the time.

  10. zurnvs says: Dec 4, 2012 1:25 PM

    Kinda surprised by these comments after what happened at VT in April 2007. That will forever change how people and cops respond.

  11. raysfan1 says: Dec 4, 2012 2:13 PM

    Agree with zurnvs.

    Still, I expect that this will be amended to a lesser charge, criminal mischief or disturbing the peace maybe, and result in restitution for property damage and also community service.

    Any word if anyone was injured by the prank?

  12. Deb says: Dec 4, 2012 2:35 PM

    ROFL @ the photo. JT, the writing in this article, along with the “Ahhh … I can breathe” moderating is why CFT will always be better than its big brother, Darth. 😉

  13. zillat says: Dec 4, 2012 3:45 PM

    zurnvs says: Dec 4, 2012 1:25 PM

    Kinda surprised by these comments after what happened at VT in April 2007. That will forever change how people and cops respond.

    I agree – there are still first responders (and many others) with PTSS from that in Blacksburg. Explosions and gunshots are not taken lightly. But these two players -along with just about all the other current VT students – weren’t in town then and probably don’t get it. I can understand that too.

  14. gatorcheme says: Dec 4, 2012 4:19 PM

    Aluminum and “Toilet Bowl Cleaner” aka HCL, produces hydrogen. The ‘explosion’ is over-pressurization of the bottle with hydrogen. If there is a something nearby to light it (cigarette?), it can be a pretty good incendiary device, as well.

    What they did wasn’t cute like mentos in diet cola. It would be more in line with phosphorous and water.

    Not smart.

  15. michiganhockey11 says: Dec 4, 2012 4:28 PM

    Ah, the old bottle bombs or “works bomb”.

    ^^^^^I agree. It’s much more like phosphorus/magnesium and water than diet coke and mentos.

  16. necr0philia says: Dec 4, 2012 6:16 PM

    I can here The Gap Band now “you drop the bomb on me” la la la la la.

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