ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) — Authorities are investigating following what they call a “random springtime vandalism trend” of explosive devices found in mailboxes.
According to Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger, four explosive devices were found – two Sunday, two Monday – in four separate mailboxes at residences about three miles north of Anderson city limits, near State Road 9 and county roads 500 North and 600 North. The devices were said to have been placed in the between 10:00 p.m. and midnight.
These devices, known as works bombs, are made with household materials, which are then put in a plastic bottle, where pressure builds. They can then be triggered by a variety of stimuli.
While there were no injuries from these four devices, authorities say the potential for personal injury is significant.
A white early 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier a witness described as “clean” with no visible damage was seen in the area at the time.
Mellinger said there appeared to be no connection between the victims, and none of the victims said they had recently experienced any kind of conflict or confrontation. The Sheriff’s office is currently treating the incidents as random.
There have been no injuries associated with the explosive devices.
According to Mellinger, the leaving of explosive devices in mailboxes “tends to be a random springtime vandalism trend that happens almost every year.”
24-Hour News 8 talked to residents in Madison County about the investigation. Some did not know the explosive devices were found in their neighborhood.
“I was wondering what was going on. I heard the suburbs. I didn’t think my area, I wasn’t putting two and two together,” said Austin Minton resident.
Just about anything can set the bombs off, such as sunlight, body heat or just a simple touch. The explosives are known to cause bodily injures and cause property damage.
If arrested, the culprits could face vandalism charges.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 317-646-9290 or leave information anonymously at Crime Stoppers 765-649-8310.