911 calls released related to bombs tossed in Riverton Friday

Posted at 9:46 PM, Aug 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-07 01:03:10-04

RIVERTON -- 911 calls have been released after Miss Riverton and three other suspects allegedly threw homemade bombs at people and properties in the city.

It happened over the weekend.  The four 18-year-olds have been released from jail and are not charged as of Tuesday.

Riverton residents who live near 138th South and 4100 West lit up a 911 switchboard this weekend.

“A car just drove by and threw some sort of... they were bottles that exploded in our driveway and on our street,” said one caller.  “When they threw ‘em they exploded and made a loud bang so the liquid is on the ground.  There`s pieces of plastic it looks they were in plastic bottles so it looks like they had liquid inside and there`s silver or something.”

Another caller said, “it`s in a water bottle, you put tin foil and it reacts, and it explodes.”

The explosives were made with toilet bowl cleaner and fragments of aluminum, commonly shown on YouTube.

A witness later identified the suspects.  Among them was Miss Riverton Kendra Gill.

“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,” said Capt. Clint Mecham with Unified Fire Authority.

It`s unclear if Miss Riverton can still compete in future pageants or if she's lost her crown but the Miss Riverton's organization`s Facebook page has been removed. In an email to FOX 13 reporter Gene Kennedy, Director Sean Wilson said, “Thankfully all kids were released with no charges pressed, so there really is nothing to comment this time we have to go with no action because there are no charges.”

No one was hurt. Unified Fire investigators have turned over their case to the Salt Lake County District Attorney. Fire officials are pushing for 10 felony charges against each suspect.  If convicted, a beauty queen may soon trade her crown for a jail jumpsuit.