Man accused of dropping stink bomb at Cape Girardeau business, prompting evacuation

Unknown liquid causes scare at business

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A man is accused of dropping a stink bomb on the floor of a Cape Girardeau business causing a scare Tuesday morning, September 3.

Deandre C. Dunn, 35, of Cape Girardeau, was charged with second-degree making terroristic threats.

At around 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, police say they and the fire department were dispatched to the Shawnee Center shopping plaza in the 600 block of S. Silver Springs Road for a report of a disgruntled customer releasing an unknown vial of liquid inside the public lobby of the Spectrum office.

The man reportedly dropped the small container on the floor and left the business.

Cape Girardeau Police are trying to identify the liquid, but said they do not believe it posed a threat. (Source: KFVS/Don Frazier)
Cape Girardeau Police are trying to identify the liquid, but said they do not believe it posed a threat. (Source: KFVS/Don Frazier) (Source: KFVS/Don Frazier)

Unsure of what the shattered vial contained, employees called the police.

Police said it was reported that the liquid was an unknown irritant that created a noxious odor. Police and firefighters evacuated the area for public safety.

According to court documents, when the talked to Dunn, he claimed it was possibly a stink bomb that fell out of his pocket.

While searching his vehicle, investigators say they found a blue box containing a glass vial with blue writing in the cup holder. They said it appeared to have the same blue writing as the glass at the scene of the incident.

Those affected were treated on the scene and did not require transport for additional medical care.

According to police, the liquid was found to contain compounds that created a disturbing odor. They said no harmful chemicals were found after testing the substance and the area was reopened to the public.

According to court documents, Dunn claimed he has been upset with his service from the company for about four years and the vial may have accidentally dropped from his pocket and he may have accidentally stepped on it while leaving.

Dunn was arrested and is currently being held on a $5,000 cash-only bond.

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