Raising a stink

Chemical bomb tossed into Occupy Maine encampment

Occupy Maine protesters say Sunday morning’s attack with a chemical explosive has left them with a mixture of anxiety and resolve.

“We are more motivated to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Stephanie Wilburn, of Portland, who was sitting near where the chemical mixture in a Gatorade bottle was tossed at 4 a.m. Sunday. “They have heard us and we’re making a difference.”

Wilburn said she was startled and briefly lost hearing in her left ear when the device exploded beneath a table about 10 feet away. Wilburn’s hearing returned and police said no injuries were reported.

Portland police Sgt. Glen McGary said the bomb was thrown into the camp’s kitchen, a tarped area where food is cooked and served. Protest organizers said the explosion lifted a large table about a foot off the ground.

“There was no fire . . . We had a good 20 feet of thick smoke rolling out from under the table,” Wilburn said. They could see the “G” on the 24-ounce bottle and its orange cap, as well as bits of silver metal, she said.

She and a friend who ran over to look at it breathed in fumes that smelled like ammonia, she said.

Witnesses said a silver car had been circling before the attack, its occupants shouting things like “Get a job” and “You communist.” They believe someone from that car threw the device, according to a statement from Occupy Maine.

The demonstrators are protesting what they describe as unfairly favorable treatment given banks and other corporate interests at the expense of working people and those trying to find a job.

Shane Blodgett of Augusta was sleeping in his tent in the middle of the park when the explosion woke him up.

“I heard a sound which I thought was a gunshot,” he said, gesturing at the collection of three dozen tents that cover the south side of the park at Congress and Pearl streets.

“I was in fear for my life. I thought someone was walking around with a gun. I didn’t dare poke my head out,” Blodgett said. He eventually went back to sleep.

Katty Heath, originally from New Hampshire, now of Portland, said she slept through the entire event and didn’t realize anything untoward had happened until she woke that morning.

Sgt. Glen McGary said the homemade bomb, which consisted of chemicals poured into a plastic Gatorade container could have caused serious injury.

Police are investigating and spent about two hours at the campsite, located at the corner of the busy Congress Street and Franklin Street corridors, collecting evidence to determine the compounds used in the explosive, organizers said.

Acting Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said today that detectives don’t necessarily believe Occupy Maine was the sole target because another device was set off elsewhere that night. He described the device as the type often associated with teenage pranks. But he said police are taking it seriously because someone could’ve been hurt.

Put away the fainting couches, this wasn’t a terrorist attack:

Homemade Stink Bomb Ingredients

book of matches (20 matches)
household ammonia
empty 20-ounce plastic bottle with cap

Combine with a dry ice bomb and you get a loud bang, an ammonia smell and some “smoke” with no fire:

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35 Responses to Raising a stink

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Don’t ask me how I know this stuff.

  2. crawdad says:

    Wait a second – people were awake at 4 am, saw a car circling the park with people yelling stuff at them, no one actually saw anything being thrown from the car, the “bomb” flew all the way into the middle of the camp and then blew up, no one saw the bomb but people saw the explosion.

    Something fishy here.

    • dorkle says:

      Yeah, I was about to say. If they saw the “device” (let’s get real here, a Gatorade bottle is not a device), how come they didn’t evacuate people around it and how come no one was able to find and dispose of it?

      I mean, not everyday something just flies through the air. People would be able to see it; I mean, they were awake to witness the person throwing it, allegedly.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Also a couple of the ran TOWARDS the “device” until it became too stinky for them. Good throw, landed under a table, which I assume was not near the road?

  3. dorkle says:

    You’re going off the deep end. How could you make light of this gruesome attack?


    • votermom says:


      On the one hand, cue exploding heads / what-they-really-meant apologism from the OWS-bandwagoners who say if you’re not with us you’ve been brainwashed by Beck.

      On the other hand, I have no, absolutely zero, respect for wannabe revolutionaries who dream of violence with no idea of what violence is really like, what it brings and what it costs. They should be locked up.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I noticed the other day RD used a Les Miz video as their “fight” song. Yet, not understanding many of those very young Les Miz revolutionaries were killed. I thought that was an unfortunate choice, though I liked the music 😀

  4. 1539days says:

    Will Fox News never stop?

  5. DeniseVB says:

    14 year old girl sexual dudebro toy at OccupyDallas:


    Actually, it’s probably not assault, she told everyone she was 19. Sigh.

  6. At least they aren’t shirking on the slut-training in NYC, what PDN does best: http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/10/24/occupy-wall-street-sex-at-zuccotti-park/

  7. Yay! Bomb the bums! How dare they protest the powerful?
    Here’s a challenge: the organizers are finally identified (to some degree) and they are NOT Obama’s team. Still hate them? And why?

    • elliesmom says:

      Why does “disagree with” or “not support” translate into “hate”?

    • DandyTiger says:

      …How dare they protest the powerful?

      Notice how that doesn’t related to anything said here.

      You’ve not identified the real organizers sadly. Like many of us have said, if there were a protest with goals and objective and clear policy approaches I liked, I’d be happy to promote them. And really that would be true regardless of the real initial organizers and their goals I saw the movement had gone past them.

      But since OWS is still a Rorschach protest with only vague, inconsistent ideas from one group to the next, and what most people think are the real goals and policy objects are what they map onto the blank canvas, so far it’s just kabuki. So far the main goal seems to be to keep people spinning their wheels and burning up energy that they might otherwise be spending right now to primary Obama. Do you really think this will lead to a real viable third party? Seriously?

      Here’s the deal. We’re either going to have a Republican next time or Obama. If it’s Romney vs. Obama, they’re the same person. Most others are likely even worse. The only hope we have is to primary Obama. If the movement isn’t trying to do that, then anything they’re doing seems pretty pointless to me. Or worse, suspiciously counterproductive. Sorry, just don’t see it going anywhere if it isn’t doing that. Have you seen the extreme insane rules of consensus? I couldn’t invent a better approach to never getting anything done if I tried.

      Here’s a test for you. Notice what you’ve said there? Notice what others say about “non believers”? Notice how it all sounds almost exactly the same as OFA a few years ago? Ring any bells? Raise any red flags? Notice how you and others make a drive by statement and then run? Does that pattern seem familiar? It’s the kool-aid talking. Unplug for a week, detox, and then revisit. You might feel the same, but you might see something very different. I dare you.

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        Well said, DT. Once bitten, twice shy. Here’s the thing, we’re not the only ones getting tripped up purpose: http://www.people-press.org/2011/10/24/public-divided-over-occupy-wall-street-movement/

        Most of America is. That to me suggest a clear failure to identify the audience and communicate in terms that audience can understand. And myiq and others at the CH keep getting blamed for that by two-bit bloggers who are re-living the summer of love in Zucotti Park because they can afford to be tourists, with or without jobs.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          In another environment, I would call them bullies. They can go and do what they do, but they’re determined to rhetorically bully people here intead; a total waste of their time.

      • votermom says:

        A sad HONK, to everything you said, DT.

      • Pips says:

        What Dandy said. And Lola. And WMCB below.

        Saw a favorite – and always very civil! – commenter of mine (one of many) being harassed and endlessly ridiculed by what seemed like an “ofa’ers turned ows’ers” gang at John Smart’s place yesterday. His “crime”? Staying sceptical and not uncritically get on board with “the flavour of the day”. Brings back memories, doesn’t it?

        Sad, sad, sad. 😦

    • WMCB says:

      Yes, because everyone here just hates anyone who protests the powerful.

      Really, NYS, if you have an actual argument for the goals and intentions of OWS, then make it. What do they want? And please don’t give us the beauty contest answer of “world peace and an end to greed”. Something tangible would be nice. We keep asking, and you have yet to answer.

      But trotting over here to constantly tell us we are hateful hating haters who rub our hands and cackle with glee at the sight of oppression is just becoming silly. Yeah, people who worked our asses off for Hillary Clinton and held our noses and voted for soooo many good (or crappy) liberals for a lot of years, and saw Obama for what he was from the beginning and spent most of our lives wanting to make our country a better place, have suddenly decided we want Rule By Goldmann Sachs. Yeah, we are all about us some bankster bootheels and stomping. *snort*

      That’s fucking nuts, and you know it. You jumped on OWS before you really thought, because everything sucks right now, and you really wanted badly to believe. And now that it is turning out we are mostly right, you are behaving precisely as the sincere hopeful Obots did when they started having the sinking sensation they’d been had: get angry at the people who warned them.

      • DandyTiger says:


      • HONK! So many have followed the slug trails right back to the corruption & lazy thinking they were decrying just three years ago. *smh*

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Wow. I couldn’t sleep and ran out of interesting places to surf, so I decided to check out TC just on a lark. RD has a crossed a line, myiq, and is now lying about you. She told her readers in comments that you are telling people you were banned, which I have seen you on several occasions deny. I’ve seen you say point blank: “She didn’t ban me.” And then express continued affection and a desire to get along, despite rhetorical disagreements. She’s also accused of being insensitive to her when she lost her job.

          This is an example of why I had to abandon liberal identification in general. They’re just assholes if you disagree with them, even a little, and will resort to underhanded tactics to smear you so they can diminish any influence you might have. Saw it happen with Hillary. Saw it happen with Sarah. Saw it happen with RD herself. She’s not too bright, in addition to being an east coast jackass. Of course she lives in the largest echo chamber in the world, but still.

          Just thought you’d like to know, she appears to be gunning for a blog war as a way to resurrect her own blog.

          Or maybe she’s at that part of the unemployment process where she starts attacking people she knows, taking out her frustrations on them. I’ve seen that happen plenty, too.

          Funny thing is, they spend more time bitching about you and CH than they do talking about sh!t they say they care about. That’s telling…

        • Mary says:

          Yeah, yeah, RD tells her readers a lotta things that are totally delusional.

          All THREE of them.

          She is totally incapable of seeing herself –and how she treats others—-as the real problem. And I don’t think she ever will.

          Just ignore the drive by taunters. Not worth it at all.

          Good comment, Crawdad!

  8. Still waiting for Myiq on this, As for what they protest

    99& vs1%= economic injustice

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