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Mailbox bombs leave residents on edge

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Several residents awoke to find their mailbox doors open Monday morning, August 25th, 2014. When they looked inside, they found melted plastic water bottles and balls of aluminum foil.

"I am really concerned," said resident George Anderson.

The Navy veteran has lived on Woodville Pike for more than 40 years and he's seen a lot. But Monday morning was the first time that he'd seen a bottle bomb in his mailbox. The bottles had already exploded.

"I could have opened it up and it blew up in my face. You see this all of the time these little boxes you open up and they blow up," Anderson said.

Anderson believes someone put the bottles in his mailbox between 9 p.m. Sunday night and 7 a.m. Monday morning. His neighbor found a similar bottle bomb in her mailbox when she got home from work Monday evening. It was the second time in a month that someone had placed one of the bombs in her mailbox.

The so-called MacGyver bombs can be made out of plastic bottles, drain cleaner and aluminum foil. YouTube videos show some of the bombs in larger bottles exploding. Goshen Twp. firefighter Lt. Kevin Lynch said the bombs could cause burns and other injuries. He had advice for people who find them.

"Call 911. Don't touch it. Get away from it and we will take care of it," Lt. Lynch said.

Thankfully, no one on Woodville Pike has been hurt. While police do not have any suspects, George Anderson believes someone knows who is making the bombs.

"Turn them in. That's all I can say is turn them in or at least call your local police department if you know of anything," Anderson said.

Anyone with information about the bottle bombs should call Goshen Police at 513.722.3200.



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