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Dozens of homemade bombs discovered each year in Finland

Monday, 01 August 2011
Finnish police arrest around 50 people each year for the preparation or detonation of homemade explosives, according to new report from the Finnish broadcaster Yle.

It is possible that the police only catch a fraction of the true number of Finland’s explosives enthusiasts.
Typically, those arrested for these offences are men aged between 14 and 30. Perpetrators often find instructions on the internet, but the information can be inaccurate and unreliable.
“The quality and concentration of the ingredients varies, so the reactions can be unpredictable,” said police inspector Marko Savolainen.


Police remind people that homemade explosions are dangerous and illegal. Crimes relating to explosions can be punished by up to two years in jail.

The police follow discussions on the topic online. Savolainen says that parents should report any suspicions as soon as they notice something amiss, for instance jars and packages for which there is no logical explanation.

“Young people can be eager to experiment without understanding the dangers that these explosive ingredients present to themselves and the environment.”
News sources: Yle Finland

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