A Utah beauty winner was who slated to take part in the Miss Utah pageant was arrested last weekend after she and three friends reportedly threw homemade bombs at pedestrians and homes as part of a supposed prank.
Kendra McKenzie Gill has been charged with bomb possession. Her three friends, identified as John Patrick Reagh, Shanna Marie Smith and Bryce Christopher Stone, all face the same set of felony charges. Felony bomb possession is punishable by one to 15 years in prison.
All four were arrested after driving around neighborhoods and allegedly tossing plastic bottles filled with caustic chemicals at people they knew. Nobody was injured.
"We don't really understand a clear reason for their behavior," prosecutor Blake Nakamura said, according to the New York Post. "The reason we charged them is obviously, what they possessed was indeed explosives, and we're alleging they were throwing them near homes and at people, and therefore, had the potential to cause a great deal of harm."
Miss Riverton, crowned in June and set to compete in the Miss Utah pageant, was arrested early Saturday morning along with her three friends after allegedly throwing homemade bombs at people and homes.
A probable cause statement released by the Salt Lake County Jail states that Gill, who was crowned Miss Riverton in June, as well as Stone, Smith and Reagh, admitted to buying plastic bottles, aluminum foil and household chemicals at a local store before building the bombs and throwing them from their car.
"They were throwing them at both property and people," said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Clint Mecham, in a story posted on KUTV’s website. "This goes well beyond a teenage prank."
None of the bombs hurt anyone, but they could have easily maimed or killed anyone they exploded near, Mecham noted.
"They're very caustic, very nasty. So they can cause injury to somebody just if the chemicals get on somebody, much less the fragmentation of the shrapnel damage that can be caused," Mecham said. "They can very easily cause serious harm or even death."