Whitehall Police Investigating Front-Porch Pranks

And an assault arrest to report in these Whitehall Borough police notes.

Dangerous Prank

Whitehall Borough police went to the 100 block of Felix Drive at around 8:41 p.m. on Saturday in response to a complaint of a loud bang and smoke coming from a resident's porch there.

Whitehall police Chief Donald R. Dolfi said that, when officers arrived, they found a 2-liter bottle partially filled with some type of liquid on the porch, as well as aluminum foil. The device acted as a type of homemade explosive, he said.

Although nobody was injured in the incident, Dolfi said that the event, which appears to have been a prank, is very dangerous.

"People could be seriously injured when a chemical reaction is involved," he said.

While Whitehall police were on the scene of the Felix incident, an event occurred in nearby South Park Township involving the same type of device, Dolfi said.

Police are investigating the incidents.

Assault Arrest in Prospect Park Area

Whitehall police went to the 1680 Skyline Dr. apartments building in the Wallace (Prospect) Park area at around 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday in response to a disturbance there.

When officers arrived, they determined that the source of the disturbance was Apt. 4 of that building, Dolfi said.

After interviewing people involved in the disturbance, police determined that Zwen Ko Ko, 27, of 1680 Skyline, Apt. 4, was involved in an assault and terroristic threat of a guest of that apartment, according to the chief.

Police then took Ko into custody on those charges and transported him to the Allegheny County Jail. (UPDATE: The charges were withdrawn on Jan. 22.)

The victim did not have injuries that required immediate medical attention, Dolfi said.

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Frank January 09, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Sean Duggan January 09, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Decent chance it was a liquid nitrogen "bomb" given the description. They're pretty harmless when done within 2-liters due to the flimsiness of the plastic, but they are loud.
Margaret French January 09, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Frank and Bob- you two are goofy! LOL
Margaret French January 09, 2013 at 02:01 PM
That is scary. Probably learned how to do it on the internet.
Sean Duggan January 09, 2013 at 02:18 PM
:) That or science class. I know we learned a number of fun chemical reactions there. The problem, of course, as any kid who's messed with pyrotechnics knows, is that it's easy to make a big explosion and more difficult to make a small one.


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