The Molotov cocktail, also known as the petrol bomb, gasoline bomb, Molotov bomb, fire bottle, fire bomb, or simply Molotov, is a generic name used for a variety of improvised incendiary weapons, usually made from a fuel-filled bottle and a rag or piece of rope that acts as a fuse. They are primarily intended to set targets ablaze rather than instantly destroy them.
The first Molotov cocktails were a common weapon used by organized crime syndicates in the United States during the Prohibition era. It was also a weapon used by the Soviet Red Army against the German Army in World War II.
On Criminal MindsEdit
Serial arsonists Vincent Stiles and Tommy Wheeler used Molotov cocktails to start one of their fires. Stiles used one to kill an innocent pedestrian, while Tommy used one to set an entire bar on fire, killing four and critcally injuring a fifth. In his youth, hitman Vincent Perotta once attacked a random motorist with a Molotov cocktail as well.