Rogers County Sheriff's Office Investigating Exploding Mailbox
ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma - A Rogers County couple says someone used a bomb to blow up their mailbox. They say the explosion caused a few thousand dollars’ worth of damage.
Judy Kimball said, "Our neighbors said that it was so loud it brought them right up out of their chairs."
Judy wasn't home when it happened, but she and her husband, David, are pretty sure someone put an explosive inside the mailbox they share with two other neighbors on East 500 Road.
David said, "The bomb was in the middle one. And it was - it appears to have been some kind of explosive, I don't know what."
"First thought that maybe a car had hit it, or kids had just hit it with a ball bat or something,” Judy said. “Then, when I really saw it, I thought, 'No, nuh-uh.'"
David is a retired Tulsa fire marshal, so, like any good investigator, he gathered evidence.
He believes the paper and plastic debris he found near the mailboxes comes from some kind of firework or home-made bomb.
"You look at the mailbox that was in the middle - it's mangled. And the lid was about 100 feet, 140 feet blown to the south," he said.
The Rogers County Sheriff's Office said it still doesn't have any leads on the case, but they do know vandalizing a mailbox is a federal crime.
The Kimballs filed a report with the sheriff's office and the Postal Inspector, who said the suspects could be fined up to $250,000.
But David, always a firefighter at heart, said he's just grateful no one was hurt.
"Either they or someone else could get hurt very badly, messing with this kind of explosive," David said.
The sheriff's office said, to their knowledge, no other mailboxes in the county have exploded.
If you have any information, give them a call at 918-342-9700.