Vandals blow up a mailbox using a Drano bomb

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 12/28/2012 5:12 pm Published: 12/28/2012 3:41 pm

Two days after vandals opened up fire hydrants in west Tulsa creating an icy mess, Tulsa police are now trying to find out who blew up a mailbox using Drano. Officers say this kind of prank could lead to fines and even prison time.

It was supposed to be another normal Thursday night for Lonnie Colvin.

"I was sitting in a chair watching the Outdoor Channel on TV, and I heard a big bang in the front yard and it sounded like a gun going off,” says Lonnie.

Racing outside, he found his mailbox in shreds and several teens in front of his house.

"There was an older-model Maroon Chevy pickup taking off from my mailbox, and I watched them go around the corner,” says Lonnie.

Tulsa Police say the teens placed an explosive device made out of drain cleaner inside Lonnie's mailbox. It blew the mailbox in half and left shards of plastic all over the ground. Officers say they get close to 50 calls a year about Drano bombs, and although this may seem like just a prank, it’s extremely serious.

"A postman that's delivering and anybody walking by on the street or walking their dog through the neighborhood, if that was to go off with them nearby then they could have been injured,” says Tulsa Police Officer, Jillian Roberson.

As police search for the vandals, Lonnie has a message for anyone else thinking about pulling a prank.

"The decisions you make affect you for the rest of your life. If you get caught sticking something like that in somebody's mailbox, then you may end up in prison,” he says.

The Tulsa Police Department’s bomb squad was notified about this incident. We’re told they do keep a record of things like this, because it could lead to larger bombs being built. Destroying property with an explosive device is a felony offense that could result in a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

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Unwashed Mass - 12/29/2012 9:57 AM
2 Votes
Maybe giving these pranks attention isnt a good idea.

GodsGutterPunk - 12/29/2012 8:07 AM
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ban vandals on onside of the tracks and terrorist on the other,now they find out there was an ethnic child in the bunch and or recipient of siad "crime" then it's a hate crimes,hey at least this bull hit the news instead of some senceless murder,misery loves company I've slowed down coming here to post cause for the most part they sellin misery,and everybody just wants proof there's enuf misery out there to justify more hate ,ha ha ha , john tredel <---I think spelled right dizzy duck...aint nothing like a gun to make a duck feel like a man .

Mayor Maynot - 12/29/2012 12:01 AM
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These vandals are in serious trouble but it's doubtful if they'll do more than community service. It is a federal offense to tamper with the mail ;-) I do have a vague memory of cherry bombs in mail boxes when I was a kid.

Mayor Maynot - 12/28/2012 11:22 PM
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The American mail box is a vanishing American icon. This electronic communication is one of the reasons that the post office is in such a bind. When the Internet first webbed out there the ping on a text was 1/10th of a second via satellite from the USA to Australia and back. our postal carriers used to be the backbone of our nation carrying daily finance at $0.02 per stamp $0.40 later drowning in an ocean of nothing it's a different world for postal carriers. Mine is a regular Joe just like any other trying to ride it out till retirement or bankruptcy good luck pony express. For the terladodledoos that did this 'you'll put your eye out'!!!

Gladys Crump - 12/28/2012 9:47 PM
0 Votes
Isn't doing anything to a mailbox (US mail) a federal crime?

aleman - 12/28/2012 6:01 PM
0 Votes
Meth zombies will be mad for wasting the stuff like this

AllAmerican - 12/28/2012 5:12 PM
4 Votes
OMG. Our legislators should immediately pass legislation banning Drano. It is obvious that it is a dangerous substance with no legitimate purpose.
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