Firecrackers set off in mailboxes prompt police to step up patrols
At least six mailboxes were targeted on Blueberry Hill Road, Blackberry Lane, Blake Road and Huckleberry Lane, police Lt. Mike Labell said.
Labell said a mail carrier was delivering mail when she found an unused firecracker on Blackberry Lane. The remains of a firecracker were also found inside and around a mailbox at another Blackberry Lane residence. In that case, Labell said, the shell of the firecracker was broken because it had exploded. The mail inside the box was also burned in the explosion.
“We do get mailbox vandalism from time to time, but it’s usually not this frequent,” Labell said.
No one has been injured in the incidents, but police are worried that someone could be hurt if they continue.
Labell said police aren’t sure of the time when the incidents occurred because no one reported hearing explosions.
While any type of mailbox vandalism is a concern, the risk of injury to a homeowner or a mail carrier is less in cases where a firecracker is used because it’s designed to go off within a few seconds, said Michael Gendron, a United States postal inspector based in Manchester.
“We see that from time to time, and that’s somewhat of a bigger concern. Regardless of what it is, carrier safety is a huge concern of ours,” he said. “Carriers are reminded that if you see anything in the mailboxes that are a concern, back away.”