Homemade bombs destroy Valpo mailboxes
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent August 5, 2013 3:16PM
Updated: September 7, 2013 6:16AM
VALPARAISO — At least three different types of homemade bombs were used to destroy mailboxes early Sunday morning between Valparaiso and Aberdeen.
Several explosions were reported between 2:20 and 3:15 a.m.
A neighbor who heard two of the explosions told police that immediately after, he saw two people who ran when he turned on his lights. He described them as juvenile males with thin builds.
Pressurized bombs made with liquid drain cleaner destroyed one mailbox in the 300 block of Arran Quay Terrace and another in the 2000 block of Carlisle Lane. At Arran Quay Terrace, the mailbox’s front door shot 100 feet, according to the police report, and the Carlisle Lane scene was littered with wood and metal shrapnel.
An explosive device made with The Works cleaner destroyed at least one mailbox, which shared a post with six others, in the 1700 block of Potato Creek Court.
A fourth homemade pressurized explosive device was set off in a mailbox in the 2400 block of Honelee Court, although police did not identify the substance used to create the bomb in a two-liter bottle.
A mortar-style firework was set off inside a mailbox in the 1600 block of Tippecanoe Court.
Aside from the damage caused, Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer for the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, noted that homemade pressurized bombs are unstable and dangerous to their users.