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Explosion Set Off In Mailbox Triggers Worry

Last updated on Sunday, July 1, 2012

(SEYMOUR) - An explosion inside a rural Seymour mailbox is prompting concerns beyond vandalism as hot, dry conditions persist in the area.

Aubrey Woods, of the Tribune reports, Detective Rob Henley of Jackson County Sheriff's Department said Thursday the incident could have triggered a wildfire because of drought conditions.

The sheriff's department is investigating the incident in which someone blew up a mailbox Tuesday night at a rural Seymour residence. "They heard a noise but didn't know anything was damaged until Wednesday morning," Henley said of the incident.

The explosion was reported by a property owner at 10:18 a.m. Wednesday in the 9200 block of North County Road 500 East.

Henley said police believe the explosive device might have been fireworks and are investigating the incident as criminal mischief, although the person or people involved could possibly face a charge of misuse of a dangerous exploding
device.

Henley said investigators don't believe there was any mail in the mailbox because the incident occurred late Tuesday night.

If mail had been dam┬Čaged, those involved could face federal charges, Henley said.

" But the mailbox is private property," he added.

Henley said although it didn't happen in this case, the device could have started a fire because of the dry conditions, and then those involved could face arson charges.

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