Heights-area residents are on alert after Molotov cocktails were thrown onto two residential properties on the same street early Sunday morning.
The Houston Police Department and Houston Fire Department’s arson division are investigating the incidents, according to HPD spokesperson Jodi Silva. She said the homemade incendiary devices were thrown in front of two homes in the Lazybrook subdivision at about 3 a.m., resulting in a small patch of burned concrete on one property and a small patch of burned grass on the other.
Although the damage was minor, and no one was injured, one of the impacted residents said there is concern about the possibility of subsequent attacks that could be more severe. The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said Molotov cocktails also were thrown onto other properties in the Heights over the weekend.
Silva said only the two incidents in Lazybrook had been reported to HPD. The public information office for the fire department did not respond to a voicemail and an email seeking comment.
“It’s not the damage. It’s what could have been done or what this person’s going to do next,” the Lazybrook resident said. “If they were to burn a house down, or kill anyone, it’s very alarming.”
The resident said the two Lazybrook homes seemed to be targeted at random, because there was no correlation between the two. There were no political signs in front of either home, and the resident said there was no indication the homes were targeted because of other social reasons such as race or religion.
Silva said one of the Molotov cocktails, which typically are made with bottles that contain flammable liquids, was made out of a sparkling wine bottle containing batteries and pens. She said the other was made with a green wine bottle and had a piece of cloth, serving as a wick, sticking out of the top of the bottle.
“After looking at some of the videos some of my neighbors shared with (authorities), I did not see the person well enough to know if they were old or young,” the Lazybrook resident said. “I don’t think it’s some little young teen acting out.”
Silva said HPD did not have surveillance video of the incidents as of Tuesday but would follow up with neighborhood residents to obtain any potential videos of the flammable devices being thrown.
The Lazybrook resident had not heard of Molotov cocktails ever being ignited in the subdivision, calling it a “very safe neighborhood.” But at least some in the neighborhood, and possibly others nearby, are now on edge about the potential for more.
“People may not think this is a big deal, because they didn’t see what happened,” the resident said. “The reality is it’s a bomb.”