Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office Investigating Mailbox Explosions

Authorities say consumer fire works were placed in the mailboxes.



Manchester, Md (KM) An investigation is underway into a series of mailbox explosions in Carroll County on Sunday.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office says deputy fire marshals responded to the 3600 Lineboro Road at around 8:45 AM on Sunday, where a homeowner reported damage to a roadside mailbox. Investigators determined that a consumer grade firework, such as an M-80, was placed inside and detonated.

Fire marshals canvassed the immediate area, but did not locate any other damaged mailboxes.

A second blast  occurred that afternoon at 5:30, when a resident returning home in the 3200 block of Keating Court from a weekend vacation found his mailbox destroyed by an explosion. Investigators determined it was consumer fireworks which caused the explosion.

During their investigation, witnesses told fire marshals that they saw a green pickup truck with rectangular headlights quickly leaving the area.

Residents also reported of another explosion along Bachman Road, as well as one in the area  of York Street and Main Street. Investigators canvassed the area of Bachman Road, but found no evidence of any explosion. But they did locate the remains of an M-80 type of device along York Street and Main Street.

Another mailbox explosion occurred in the 3900 block of Water Tank Road in Manchester. Investigators dispatched to that area found the remains of explosive device which they say it’s possibly another M-80.

Anyone who has information on these explosions is asked to contact the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office at 410-836-4844; or Manchester Police at 410-239-6900.


By Kevin McManus