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A 17-year-old Lincoln boy is suspected of causing more than $1,000 damage after police say he set off artillery shell fireworks outside the front doors of two homes July 8.

At the first home, on Teal Circle near South 84th and South streets, a man heard a knock on the door then a loud explosion as he opened it at about 10 p.m., Officer Angela Sands said.

The explosion caused $700 damage to his home and smoke poured inside, setting off the home’s smoke detectors, Sands said.

The man would have been injured if he had opened the door any sooner, she said.

He reported seeing a red SUV drive off.

About an hour later, an artillery shell firework device exploded outside the front door at a home near South 75th and South streets and caused $400 damage, Sands said.

The homeowner there recorded the explosion and suspect on her Vivint doorbell, and police shared the video with local news media.

Numerous tips identified the 17-year-old, and police went to his home near South Cotner Boulevard and South Street on Tuesday afternoon, she said.

Sands did not release the teenager's name, and the Journal Star does not typically name minors accused of crimes.

Police believe he picked the homes randomly, she said.

His case was referred to the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office for eight misdemeanor offenses. Those include two counts each of destruction of property, unlawful detonation of fireworks, disturbing the peace and trespassing.

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