Fourth of July: Dog owners warned about “tennis ball bombs”

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With the Fourth of July holiday weekend rapidly approaching, officials are warning dog owners about tennis ball bombs, CBS reports.

People take the insides of fireworks out, put the material into objects like tennis balls, ping pong balls, bottles, pipes, add a wick and set them off.

“A tennis ball bomb is very easy to identify. It is a real tennis ball that has some sort of fuse sticking out of it,” said the Kent Police Department in a Facebook post. “The tennis ball could also be completely wrapped in duct tape with a fuse sticking out. See Picture

A Portland man was walking his dog in 2000 when he spotted a tennis ball in the grass. The man immediately picked up the ball and tossed it to the dog.

When the dog bit down, the ball exploded, CBS Sacramento reports; the pet had to be euthanized immediately.