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Homemade bombs being used to detonate mailboxes

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Someone in Duneland is blowing up mailboxes with homemade bombs.

Within the same 24 period, sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the mailboxes at two homes in Liberty Township were destroyed, evidently by the same kind of explosive device, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.

At one home, in the 600 block of Winding Creek Path, a Snapple Lemon Tea bottle was used to house the bomb materials, consisting of a household chemical product like Drano and balled up pieces of aluminum. That bomb destroyed the mailbox’s wood covering and bowed out its metal sides. Damage was estimated at $150.

At the other home, in the 100 west block of C.R. 625N, a two-liter Dr. Pepper bottle was used instead. “The bottle was clearly forced open by an explosion created from a chemical reaction between the aluminum and the Drano,” police said. Damage in this case was estimated at $100.



Posted 12/26/2012