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'Bottle bombs' cause about $75 worth of damage in Clear Spring area

April 03, 2012

CLEAR SPRING — The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating explosions of “bottle bombs” in three mailboxes in the Clear Spring area on Tuesday.

The chemical-reaction bottle bombs were placed in residential mailboxes on Barnsville, Hicksville and Big Spring roads overnight, according to a fire marshal’s report.

No one was hurt, but the bombs caused about $75 in damage to the mailboxes, the report said.

One resident heard an explosion at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, a staff member with the fire marshal’s office said.

The other exploded devices also were discovered by residents.

Postal carriers were advised to be on the lookout for other devices, she said.

The fire marshal asks that anyone in the Clear Spring area who saw any unusual activity or heard any explosions to contact the office at 301-791-4758.

Editor's note - This story was edited April 4, 2012, to correct the name of Barnhart Road in the second paragraph. An incorrect address had been provided by the fire marshal's office.

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