A teenager from Vancouver sustained severe injuries after a plastic 'bottle bomb' exploded in her hands. Authorities are on the hunt for her assailants.
As reported by KGW, the 13-year-old Kristienna was rushed to the hospital Saturday evening with severe injuries to her hands and arm.
The incident took place at 7:40 pm on Fort Vancouver Way and E 26th Street when someone threw a plastic bottle from a moving vehicle.
The girl picked the bottle up to throw it in a nearby trashcan, but it exploded in her hands. Her mother, Ashli Forner, warns other parents to be observant and vigilant.
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"I told her to be vigilant. I said don't be picking anything up that doesn't belong to her. That's the unfortunate. That's what I would tell parents, be vigilant."
Ashli Fortner, KGW, July 29, 2018.
Photos shared on Daily Mail show her hands and clothes covered in blood, with what appears to be a piece of plastic embedded in her arm.
Authorities confirmed that the incident was caught on camera and they are trying to locate a green SUV. Residents confirmed that there were several men in the car.
Fortner said her daughter received stitches. She is "shaken up" after the explosion, but is expected to make a full recovery.
The teenager told investigating officers that she was mad at the men for littering and simply wanted to dispose of the plastic bottle.
She explained that the bottle contained a clear liquid and was filled with smoke. Investigators are still waiting for test results but believe it might have been a dry ice bomb.
Earlier this year, a makeshift bomb exploded in a Canadian restaurant. Three diners sustained severe wounds while 12 suffered superficial injuries.