‘MacGyver Bombs’ Tossed Onto Iowa Mall Roof

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a fire started by “MacGyver bombs” atop Southbridge Mall in Mason City quickly burned itself out.

The devices are made by pouring liquid drain cleaner and another liquid into pop bottles.

Police say the bottles were tossed onto the mall roof around 1:50 p.m. Saturday.

Police Sgt. Steve Klemas told the Mason City Globe Gazette that the bombs caused little damage.

“MacGyver” is a reference to the former TV show by that name. The star character (played by Richard Dean Anderson, pictured above) used ingenuity in making weapons or other devices out of ordinary substances or items.

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