‘She was quite a blast’

South­west Lot 16 home­owner wakes up to find some­one blew up his mail­box

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN MACLEAN

A small home­made ex­plo­sive de­vice was used to blow up a mail­box in South­west Lot 16 Tues­day night.

James MacLean was in his liv­ing room around mid­night when he heard what sounded like a muf­fled gun­shot.

The noise was strange enough that he got up and took a walk around his home and into his drive­way but found noth­ing amiss. He had, how­ever, no­ticed a car parked near the end of his drive­way prior to the ex­plo­sion, but he didn’t think much of it at the time.

It wasn’t un­til he was leav­ing his drive­way Wed­nes­day

morn­ing that he no­ticed his mail­box was dam­aged.

He found an ex­ploded shot­gun

shell wrapped in elec­tri­cian’s tape in the box.

MacLean, who hunts and has his firearms li­cense, be­lieves who­ever made the de­vice re­moved the shot­gun pel­lets and filled the shell cav­ity with gun­pow­der, then added some kind of fuse.

MacLean’s mail­box is a sturdy metal de­sign and the ex­plo­sion blew the rear panel off along with most of the riv­ets hold­ing the box to­gether.

“She was quite a blast,” he said.

“I’m just glad no­body got hurt when it went off.”

MacLean also has young chil­dren who some­times check for mail, so he’s also glad it was a fuse-based de­vice and not some kind of booby trap.

“It’s not a re­ally nice thing,” he said.

The in­ci­dent has been re­ported to the Prince County RCMP.

Cpl. Mike Lut­ley said Wed­nes­day that who­ever set off the de­vice could be charged with both dam­age to prop­erty and a weapons of­fence for cre­at­ing an ex­plo­sive de­vice.

RCMP re­ceive calls about dam­aged mail­boxes al­most on a daily ba­sis, said Lut­ley, but this is the first time he’s seen one in­volv­ing an ex­plo­sive.

Chances are this was some­one try­ing to play a prank, and MacLean was tar­geted at ran­dom, said Lut­ley.

He strongly warned against such be­hav­iour – es­pe­cially in­volv­ing dan­ger­ous ma­te­ri­als.

“Things like that can go bad rather quickly. Thank­fully, it didn’t ex­plode in the ve­hi­cle.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A small home­made ex­plo­sive was set off in this mail­box in South­west Lot 16 Tues­day night.

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The de­vice ap­pears to be a mod­i­fied shot­gun shell.

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