Bombings destroy two Anchorage mailboxes

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Small bombs destroyed two mailboxes in an Anchorage neighborhood this week.

A device made from a mini heavy-duty flashlight filled with explosive powder was detonated in a mailbox about 4 a.m. Thursday, said Brad Earman, special agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.

The blast destroyed the metal mailbox but did not injure anyone, Earman said. Shattered glass was found nearby, meaning the explosion may have broken glass on the bomber's car, he said.

Another mailbox was bombed earlier this week, Earman said. He said agents believe the two may be connected.

Mailbox bombings are fairly rare, he said.

Bombings are federal felonies, and the penalty for using or possessing a bomb is a possible 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

ATF officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the bomber or bombers.



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