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Explosions heard in South St. Louis neighborhood

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News 4 found evidence of Drano bombs that allegedly went off in South St. Louis ( Credit: KMOV) News 4 found evidence of Drano bombs that allegedly went off in South St. Louis ( Credit: KMOV)
News 4 found evidence of Drano bombs that allegedly went off in South St. Louis ( Credit: KMOV) News 4 found evidence of Drano bombs that allegedly went off in South St. Louis ( Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

There's growing concern about the continuation of sound of explosions that have been heard in the area of South Jefferson Avenue and Chippewa Street in south St. Louis.

News 4 has discovered there may soon be harsher punishment for the suspects accused of causing this disturbance. 

"I thought somebody was trying to shoot. I thought it was a gunshot, but it was much louder than that and it was close by," said resident Maria German. 

Beauty Pie, who owns a business and lives in the area, described the sound, "Like a big boom."

The explosions are heard in the evenings or overnight and have been happening for almost two weeks.

"It's almost like a big loud fireworks with a shake with it, is what it sounds like," said Mike Myer.

Authorities tell News 4 that they believe someone is making and setting off something called a "Drano Bomb." Drain cleaner is mixed with other ingredients in a soda bottle and the gas given off by the chemical reaction eventually makes the bottle explode.

"You can't overstate the impact that bombs going off in a neighborhood on a regular basis have," said Ward 20 Alderwoman Cara Spencer.

But Spencer said, police are making progress in their investigation to find those responsible. When found, they could be given a citation for violating the city's noise ordinance and charged with the crime of property destruction for any damage that's caused.

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