KOMO-TV reported yesterday that Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms warned Seattle area families and dog owners that abandoned tennis balls they find could be small bombs powerful enough to maim or kill both people and dogs.
KOMO reporter Connie Thompson said officials often see an increase in reports about exploding tennis balls around the 4th of July.
Last February an Everett man found a paper bag of them in the Silver Lake area. And in 2000 a dog in Portland died while playing fetch when a tennis ball that its owner found exploded in its mouth.
At a community meeting last week with Kent police, someone asked how to spot a tennis ball bomb. Here is the response from the Kent Police Department Facebook page:
“A tennis ball bomb is very easy to identify. It is a real tennis ball that has some sort of fuse sticking out of it. The tennis ball could also be completely wrapped in duct tape with a fuse sticking out.”
Seems like there is no end to the methods people invent to injure or kill dogs.