18-year-old Kendra Gill (center above), a contestant in the upcoming Miss Utah beauty pageant was nabbed by Salt Lake County authenticates on Saturday after admitting to participating in a nihilistic joyride and helping to make and throw makeshift explosives at people and houses.
FOX 13 TV reported that beauty queen Gill—recently crowned “Miss Riverton” and given a $2000 college scholarship—and three of her friends bought household chemicals, aluminum foil and plastic bottles at Wal-Mart to make the make the crude bombs.
“We call them chemical reaction bombs,” said Captain Clint Mecham with Unified Fire Authority. “They’re a cocktail of reactive chemicals, that when they react with each other and when you put that large volume of gas in a closed container, it ruptures the container and creates an explosion.”
Late Friday night, cops found several water bottles with aluminum fragments and chemical residue at two homes near 13800 South and 4100 West. The suspects reportedly threw these homemade bombs onto driveways then sped off.
“All of us were surprised when we not only had one occurrence but up to 10 occurrences of this happening,” Mecham said. “They were actually throwing these at people with the intent to cause harm, with the intent to cause harm to either people or property: This goes well beyond a teenage prank.”
And even if they don’t get charged with felonies (that’s up to the District Attorney), there’s the jail time, coming up with bail, criminal records, Internet infamy, humiliation for their families and never being able to get a job—let alone winning another beauty contest—and that kind of stuff to worry about!