Reports of a suspicious package sent area police officers to Knights Circle apartments, where they found bottles filled with foil and acid — a chemical mixture that causes containers to pressurize and explode.
Around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, UCF Police officers received a call from a Knights Circle maintenance worker who was doing a routine clean-up in the parking lot, according to a UCF PD news release.
The worker found a Powerade bottle filled with pressurized liquid at the parking lot between buildings 12 and 13.
Officers responded on scene and found three more bottles nearby.
Police knocked on the apartment doors and asked students to evacuate buildings 12 and 13. About a half hour later, a UCF Alert was sent out the community, warning students to stay clear of the area. Officers from the UCF Police Department and Orange County Sheriff's Office roped off the area surrounding buildings 12 and 13. The local fire department and bomb techs were also on the scene.
One officer said chemical mixtures were found inside bottles outside the buildings. At first, officers believed the solutions to be soda bombs, often a mixture of soda and Mentos or baking soda and vinegar. However, the bottles were compressed before concluding they contained foil and acid.
Residents were allowed back in their apartments and the area cleared around noon.
UCF PD believes the bottles were left out as a prank and is asking the public's help with identifying those responsible, who could be faced with criminal charges.
Those with information should contact Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.
Shanae Hardy is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at ShanaeH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.