Updated:SHENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
Police in Shenango Township are investigating after vandals damaged several mailboxes over the weekend.
According to police, the vandals used exploding plastic drink bottles to damage mailboxes in the area of Savannah Road and Lakeview Avenue.
“About 1 or 2 in the morning, our neighbors heard what they thought were gunshots. They went running outside and everyone was looking. It was that loud in the neighborhood,” Vince Menichino said.
Shenango Township police Sgt. Darrin Cwynar said the plastic bottle bombs are dangerous to homeowners and those who make them.
“The evidence left behind at the scene indicates the actors were using pop bottles with a mix of cleaning solutions and tinfoil and so forth,” Cwynar said. “They aren’t technical. People that are doing them are doing them in their garages and in their car. They are highly volatile and there is no time frame for when they may go off.”
Dave Agnew, a clerk at T&M Hardware, said the chemicals used to make the bombs are very dangerous.
“The thing about it is there is no detonation time. They are dangerous chemicals. If it gets on their skin, it could burn them severely,” Agnew said.
Anyone with information on the recent bottle bombs is asked to contact police.