Target Bathroom Bomb: Woman Held For Causing Small Explosion That's Related To Drugs And Not Transgender Policy

Alap Naik Desai

A bomb that went off in a bathroom in a Evanston Target store wasn't some aggressive protest about the controversial transgender policy about restrooms. A middle-aged woman was taken into custody in connection with the explosion and preliminary investigation reveals it might have been due to a chemical reaction involved in cooking drugs that went wrong.

A 44-year-old, who has been described by the police as a person of interest, has been taken into custody in connection with the bomb explosion that took place in the women's bathroom at a Target store in Evanston, Illinois. While many were quick to link the rather puny explosion to the highly controversial change that Target brought about its bathroom policy, the facts of the case couldn't be further apart.

According to Patch, the explosion that occurred inside the woman's restroom was most likely the result of a person attempting to produce a synthetic drug to get high, but instead got an explosion, perhaps due to incorrect ingredients or improper procedure. The local police have arrested a woman, identified as Heidi Schmidt, in connection with the explosion.

Needless to say, the policy has drawn the ire and wrath of many concerned citizens who feel sexual predators could easily abuse the Target's bathroom policy and that puts women and young girls in danger because "a man can simply say he 'feels like a woman today' and enter the women's restroom," reported USA Today. According to experts, Target has severely suffered financially due to the policy.

Early indications are that a plastic bottle was used but no projectiles like nails or tacks were inside it, reported Fox News. However, after the preliminary examination of the evidence gathered from the site and looking at the store security camera video, it becomes clear that the explosion wasn't meant to protest or hurt anybody, shared the police through a statement.

"There is no factual evidence that was uncovered during this investigation that points toward this incident being related to any policies of the Target store or a hate crime."

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