Woman shaken up after bottle bomb explodes near her Beach home

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Virginia Beach, Va. - At 4 a.m., Nancy Herrera heard a loud thud at her front door.

"I opened the door and I looked down and it was a 2 liter bottle and some liquid in the bottle. I thought it was soda or something because it kind of looked like lemonade," Herrera tells NewsChannel 3.

She picked it up, and moved it next to her house.

The next sound she hears was even louder.

"It was massive, like the whole room just shook. It was BOOM!" Herrera added.

It was a bottle bomb.

"It was louder than a gunshot. I`ve heard gunshots. I`m from Jersey. It wasn`t a gunshot. It was the sound of a big bomb," she said.

A few hours earlier, Herrera's brother and his fiance got into an argument with a man.  He eventually left, but fire officials say he went straight to the store where he bought all the supplies needed to make a bottle bomb.

"Get in your car and go. And that`s all he had to do. He didn't have to come back. He did not have to come back, but he did come back. And what`s to stop him from coming back again? " Herrera asked.

She's worried and has put new locks on her doors since the man isn't behind bars.

Fire officials say while they have a suspect, they haven't made an arrest yet.

"This is what goes through your head when something like this happens. What if it was this? What if it was that? What if the next time he`s angry because the police are looking for him? What`s he going to do to retaliate? " she said.

But what's scarred her for life is the sound of the bottle exploding.

"It`s the loudest and scariest sound that you could ever hear. It makes you jump up and actually look around, and it`s like where did it come from because it sounds like it`s all around you."


  • Matt Moore

    I don’t see what the big deal is with these bottle bombs. All they do is make noise. they are harmless. In the shop we make even louder ones by running an air compressor into a bottle. We use it to wake up the techs that fall asleep on the job. No big deal. everyone gets a good laugh out of it. other then making a loud noise these things are pretty harmless. you can see videos on YouTube of people holding them in their hands when they go off. No problem. They are more noise makers then anything else. i don’t see what the big deal is. I can see getting a ticket doing this near residence in a city sure. But they are charging people with felonies over it, and even acts of terrorism because the media has the whole country scared to death that there is a terrorist around every corner. it’s just silly. it’s not that big of a deal. This is not the same country i grew up in, that’s for sure. :/

    • Margaret

      I’m not going to get into the legal aspects of bottle bombs, but I do feel compelled to point out to you that this woman did not know that this was anything more than a bottle of soda and was rightfully scared when it exploded. And if anyone thought it was a harmless bottle of soda, why not pick it up and move it/throw it away? OK, maybe not in the middle of the night when you don’t know who threw it, but why would anyone think twice about it otherwise?

  • Stargazer

    OK, lady-a bottle full of some unidentifiable liquid thumps against your front door at 4AM, and your first impulse is to open the door, pick it up and move it NEXT TO THE HOUSE? Especially after having an argument with some guy that evening-a guy who KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE? This chick isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, that’s for sure. New locks….yep, that’ll show him!

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