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Police investigating mailbox explosions

Oct. 16, 2013, St. Catharines, Ont. – Police say they're investigating a series of incidents in which homemade explosives were used to blow up mailboxes in Ontario's rural Niagara Region.

October 16, 2013
By The Canadian Press

Oct. 16, 2013, St. Catharines, Ont. – Police say they're investigating a series of incidents in which homemade explosives were used to blow up mailboxes in Ontario's rural Niagara Region.

Niagara regional police say residents have reported at least three mailbox bombings in rural areas of Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Lincoln.

Investigators say the device used in two of the incidents was an aerosol can wrapped in paper or cardboard, lit of fire and placed into a mailbox, while the other involved fireworks.

Two of the mailboxes were blown apart while the other was badly damaged by fire when the aerosol device failed to explode.

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Police say they believe the incidents are random acts of mischief, but warn that the possibility of serious injury exists.

They also warn that the production of illegal homemade explosive devices from bomb recipes found on the Internet can be very dangerous.