Did anyone besides me notice that in a recent Johnnynorthside.com blog post John W. Hoff wrote that he was making bombs in front of children?
Hoff wrote that at a recent neighborhood celebration, he was using the heating packets from MRE's (meals ready to eat) to make "hydrogen bombs".
While he declined to disclose the formula for the bomb, he stated that he was using a giant sparkler as an ignition source. Research shows that the MRE heating packet can be used to make a MacGyver bomb.
In a MacGyver bomb, the chemical reaction creates highly flammable hydrogen gas. It is this gas which causes the explosion. Igniting this hydrogen gas during the explosion would create an incendiary device. So John Hoff was apparently attempting to ignite a MacGyver type bomb as it exploded. Hoff wrote that while his bombs were successful, he was disappointed that they were not able to get the "Hindenburg" type explosion they were hoping for.
Considering that both State and Federal law make MacGyver type bombs illegal, and Minneapolis city ordinance make incendiary devices illegal, we can be thankful that no one got hurt by John Hoff's attempt to create an explosion of Hindenburg proportions.
Let's be clear here. According to the ATF, it is a Federal FELONY to create, possess, or detonate a MacGyver type bomb. Minnesota statute also makes it a felony level offense.
So we have a HAWTHORNE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL board member manufacturing and detonating an illegal explosive (or "Hydrogen bomb" as he called it), in front of his son, and in front of other minor children in a residential neighborhood. The blog post also states that city council member Diane Hofstede attended the celebration, but it is unclear if she was there when Hoff set off his bombs.
Is anyone else besides me concerned that John Hoff is showing children how to make bombs or incendiary devices?
Shouldn't this behavior have been reported to Hennepin County Child Protection, the police, or the ATF?
Should someone as irresponsible (and maybe dangerous) as John Hoff represent his neighbors by serving of the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council?
History shows that John Hoff loves to enforce the rules and file complaints whenever he sees a violation. This same history shows that he thinks that the rules don't apply to him, and he thinks he can do as he pleases with impunity.
What will it take for the community and the authorities to recognize the dangers John Hoff presents? Does a child have to be hurt before someone takes action?
Photos taken by John Hoff