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05/16/2014 12:57 EDT | Updated 07/16/2014 05:59 EDT

'Pop-Bottle Bomb' In Abbotsford Exposes Police To Fumes

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - Two so-called pop-bottle bombs have exploded in Abbotsford, B.C., in one case releasing gases noxious enough to overcome a police officer.

Const. Ian MacDonald says the officer was treated for exposure to fumes released when the bottle blew up outside a home on Thursday evening.

He says both explosions were in an area where a series of arsons occurred last month.

In the first incident on Tuesday, police and fire officials responded to reports of a loud noise and found remnants of a plastic two-litre pop bottle on the street.

MacDonald calls the incidents troubling, saying that besides the mischief involved, there's a potential for injuries and property damage.

Police are asking residents to report any suspicious activity.

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