Bottle Bombs Planted In Mailboxes


UPDATED: Thursday July 24, 2014 11:55 PM

A dangerous situation is popping up in some central Ohio mailboxes.

Someone is planting bottle bombs inside them and also on people's property in the Knox County village of Centerburg.

"I was cleaning off the table and I heard a pop," said Centerburg resident Tiffany Hall.

Hall said it took a little while to figure out what made the popping sound Wednesday afternoon.

"We could see there was a bottle and the cap had shot off of it so it exploded on its own," she said.

Investigators said someone used water bottles in Centerburg to create bottle bombs.

They said the bottles contain chemicals and pieces of metal that create an explosive reaction.

Investigators found nine bottle bombs near South Hartford Avenue and Dally Street.

Hall said she and her 9-year-old son found one of the bottles in their front yard.

"My son came out and he looked at it also and he's like, 'yeah, it doesn't look right,'" she said.

Firefighters said the suspects placed one of the bottles inside another homeowner's mailbox.

They said when the homeowner reached in and grabbed the bottle, it exploded.

That man tells 10TV he did not require transportation to the hospital and is doing fine.

"You have folks that will mix these things up. They put them in a mailbox and the idea is to blow the mailbox up," said Chief Joe Porter with the Central Ohio Joint Fire District.

Porter said the bottle bombs pose a serious risk.

"If it's cleaning chemicals that they're using and you get that in your eyes, you get it in your mouth or something, it could be pretty devastating," he said.

But it didn't turn out that way for Hall, who was a mere few feet away from a potential explosion.

"I'm very fortunate," she said. "We just said we're going to leave it there and I'm glad we did."

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.