Kendra McKenzie Gill, recently crowned Miss Riverton, Utah, was arrested with three others on Saturday Aug. 3, 2013, after allegedly throwing homemade bombs from her car.

Utah Beauty Pageant Winner Arrested For Throwing Bombs

Witnesses said they saw the teens throwing explosives from a car as they drove through the neighborhood.

Kendra McKenzie Gill, recently crowned Miss Riverton, Utah, was arrested with three others on Saturday Aug. 3, 2013, after allegedly throwing homemade bombs from her car.
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A Utah beauty pageant winner and three other teenagers were arrested for allegedly throwing homemade bombs at homes.

Police said Kendra Gill, who was crowned Utah's "Miss Riverton" in June and is scheduled to compete in the next Miss Utah pageant, was arrested Saturday morning with three other 18-year-olds and admitted to buying supplies before building the explosives, known as "bottle bombs."

Bryce Stone, one of the teenagers that was arrested with Gill, told police he and his friends were "pranking" with fireworks.

"They were throwing them at both property and people," said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Clint Mecham, according to KUTV. "This goes well beyond a teenage prank."

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Nine incidents were reported in total, and witnesses said they saw the four throwing what Mecham called "chemical reaction bombs" from Stone's vehicle. One of the residences the four allegedly targeted was Stone's ex-girlfriend, KUTV reported.

Although no one was injured, Mecham told the Desert News that the bombs can cause significant damage to property and are like a "cocktail" of chemicals that can seriously injure people when they explode, sometimes spewing chemicals and shrapnel.

"They can sever limbs, they can even kill people depending on what ... chemical combinations are used," Mecham told the Desert News. "This is very, very serious."

Investigators found remains of the bombs in the road where the teens drove, as well as in the driveways of some of the residences they allegedly targeted. A police report stated that supplies to make the bombs, including four plastic bottles and aluminum foil, were found near the driveway of one home where four of the explosives were allegedly thrown, the Desert News reported.

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One witness who reported Stone as the driver gave police his address, according to CNN. When authorities searched his car, they found aluminum foil and water bottles similar to those used in the recovered explosives.

The four teens were each booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on 10 counts of setting off an incendiary device and were released the following night on $50,000 bail each, CNN reported.

A statement from Riverton city officials said no charges have been filed in connection with the incidents.

"We are saddened by these arrests for all of the alleged participants and their families," the statement says. "We will continue to monitor related developments as more information becomes available."

Justi Lundeberg, a spokeswoman for the Miss Utah pageant, told The Associated Press that The Miss America Organization requires its participants to live "a good life, a clean life."

"This is such an unfortunate event," Lundeberg told the AP. "We haven't had to deal with this before."

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