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Marmet neighbors react to a homemade bomb found in family's front yard

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"It could do some serious damage, or actually kill somebody."

It's called a Drano bomb, and one was left in the front yard of a woman living in Marmet. 

It happened on Florida Street around 5 p.m. Thursday. 

She did not want to be identified, but she said it all started when she noticed a 2 liter soda bottle in her front yard with suspicious things inside of it. 

A bomb tech was on scene after she called Kanawha County Deputies.  He told her she could have lost her arms if she touched it.

Marshall Rankin and his son live nearby.  "He likes throwing rocks, kicking things, and having fun.  Now I have to be extra careful about him having a normal, fun day, being rowdy," said Rankin. 

All of the items used to make the bombs can be purchased at any grocery store.  Because of this, authorities say these bombs are especially dangerous. 

Investigators warned this is not a case of "kids just being kids."  The chemical reaction can be deadly.

Another neighbor, who also did not want to be identified, said she has a message for anyone making these bombs.  "Be careful," she said.  "You can blow yourselves up, or somebody else.  People don't realize what's at stake and what can be lost."

For Rankin, he says he's concerned about letting his little boy play outside alone.  "Heck, if he comes out to go to the car or play in the little bit of front yard, he could come across something like that," Rankin said.  "If something like that would happen to my son, more than likely I'd be in jail.  There would be repercussions."

Authorities say they do not know who left the Drano Bomb in Marmet.

If you have any information, you're asked to contact the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.