What You Need to Know About Glitter Bombs

Updated on February 8, 2019
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I feel that it is important for people to understand the dangers that lurk in society so that they can avoid problems these things may cause

A few years ago, someone came up with a product made mostly with glitter that people could purchase and send anonymously to “get back” at someone they didn’t like or play a joke on a colleague or friend.

For those of you who don’t know, glitter is the pretty, shiny stuff people use to make crafts. It is very popular during the Christmas holidays, is inexpensive to buy and is a nice item people can use on costumes, greeting cards and even in eye makeup and nail polish.

However, even when properly used, it can be messy and difficult to clean, especially if it happens to come into contact with upholstery or carpet.

So, while attractive, it definitely has a downside. This is especially true when the stuff is used for purposes other than those for which it was originally created.

Protect yourself by learning all you can about Glitter Bombs.
Protect yourself by learning all you can about Glitter Bombs. | Source

What Is a Glitter Bomb?

The person who developed Glitter Bombs had a more ominous use in mind for this product.

He took a cylinder, loaded it with a large, heavy spring, filled the cylinder with a huge amount of glitter and then sealed the container tightly.

He then advertised it as a prank gift people could buy for around $10 and anonymously mail to their victim of choice.

The cylinder arrives at a person’s home or place of work with a standard USPS white and black label similar to the ones people see on products they had ordered on Amazon or eBay in the past.

Although they may not remember ordering anything, they assume that they did. As a result, they open the tightly sealed end. As soon as they do, the force of the spring quickly pushes the glitter forward with a huge amount of pressure.

If the opening is facing the victim when he opens it, he becomes covered with the glitter, as does everything around him including his computer, furniture, floor, cabinets and clothing.

If he is lucky and opened the canister facing away from him, he avoids facial contact but the glitter still spews out on everything around it.

The product comes with a tracking number, so the sender always knows that the victim received it. This likely gives him a great deal of malicious satisfaction or laughter depending on his purpose in sending it.

However, the tracking number does the victim no good because it only tracks back to the company from which the sender purchased the bomb. They are unlikely to reveal the name of the sender, so another insult is that the recipient never knows the name of the person who mailed this nasty product to him!

Never open  suspicious mail, even though it may seem innocent.
Never open suspicious mail, even though it may seem innocent. | Source

Sender Intent Does Not Matter

While many people who choose to send these bombs may only view them as a joke gift, others send them out of anger and frustration.

A victim may have been a person who ended a romantic relationship, a boss they didn’t like or a neighbor who constantly irritated them. It might also have been a drinking buddy or friend they thought had a funny sense of humor.

Either way, the intent of the sender doesn’t matter, because the damage these bombs do can be serious and even dangerous to health.

Sophisticated Glitter Bomb Sender With Revenge as His Intent

Glitter Bombs Cause Real Harm

Imagine a huge amount of glitter getting into your computer or landing on your new carpet! This stuff is impossible to eliminate once it has lodged in items like this and can be very expensive in terms of having to replace them.

Worse yet, if glitter becomes lodged into one’s eyes or nose, it can cause serious damage. One woman reports that she lost an eye because glitter cut her cornea.

Some forms of glitter have very sharp edges, so if a bomb is made with this type, it can cause serious problems. However, anything that shoots into the eyes or nose with strong force can do the same, so these bombs are never “harmless.”

Therefore, sending them, even as a joke is never a good idea!

Sender Consequences

There are online discussions where many people have stated that they don’t see any problems with sending Glitter Bombs to people. It’s easy to take this stance when you or someone you know has never been victimized by one of these products.

They are not funny. They are not cool gifts. They are dangerous, malicious and destructive products that are meant to harm people.

If they weren’t, people wouldn’t send them anonymously. They wouldn’t hide behind a company that does the dirty work for them. Clearly, all but the most ignorant and stupid among them know that what they are doing isn’t right, and they can send a Glitter Bomb without having any consequences to themselves whatsoever.

Some lawyers have stated in online videos that it is not illegal to send Glitter Bombs, so this makes senders more confident.

However, if you ever think of sending one, understand that right now there is a lawsuit in Maryland where a victim is suing the manufacturer of Glitter Bombs for $600,000 for personal, emotional and property damages.

You can bet that the name of the anonymous sender will be revealed at some point in this case and that he or she also may have to “pay up.”

Therefore, anybody with an ounce of common sense should realize that their identity could be revealed at some point and that they might possibly be held liable for enacting a battery on another human being!

What Can Victims Do?

A few weeks ago my husband and I received one of these lovely Glitter Bombs.

Fortunately, he stood in our kitchen and pointed the opening away from himself. We were able, after several attempts, to clean up the mess and were fortunate that he was not harmed and the stuff landed on hard flooring.

Nonetheless, we were angry as well as frustrated.

We took photos of the product, the labels, the spring and some of the glitter. After doing some research, we contacted the FBI. They said they did not handle this type of “exploding device” but that the United States Postal Inspectors would likely look into the issue for us.

We called and spoke to an intake clerk who took our information and said she’d pass it on. She also said not to expect much from the inspectors because they were so busy with other cases.

As a result, we took the product to our local police department. They kept the evidence and took a report, but told us their detectives were overloaded with more pressing issues, so they likely wouldn’t do anything about our case.

We were even more frustrated and angry because we pretty much knew who had sent the product. However, we couldn’t prove it.

Then, a week later, a postal inspector called us! He said he would get the evidence from the local police and begin an investigation! This made our day!

We have yet to hear back, but if we can find out the name of the perpetrator, we intend to file suit against them as well as the product manufacturer. Even if that does not happen, the inspector said he has the authority to file criminal charges against the company and possibly fine them as well.

So, while we may never know for sure who did this ugly thing, we now have recourse.

Let me add here that the woman who did this has twice turned and walked the other way when seeing us, so we have to assume that she is feeling guilty. Good! Maybe she has learned a lesson from her foolish, stupid behavior!

Bottom line, there is always some price to pay when people do bad things.

Avoid the Glitter

Someone told me that there is a movement in some areas to ban glitter due to the damage it can cause. If so, I’ll be the first to sign the petition against it. Certainly I will never purchase it or buy any products from companies that use it.

This would be the best result I could hope for because although crafters would miss the product, the rest of the population would be protected.

Finally, let me add that there are other glitter-infused products people can send that serve their same purposes. Not all explode, but all can still cause damage.

My best advice is to take care when receiving questionable packages. If you get one, don’t open it. Instead, report it to the authorities. Don’t become a Glitter Bomb victim.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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