Se­ries of fire­works ex­plo­sions de­stroy mail­boxes

Record Observer - - News - By ANGELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — The State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of mail­box ex­plo­sions in Queen Anne’s County. The first one took place at 10:26 p.m. July 29 at 914 Bay­side Drive in Stevensville. The sec­ond and third hap­pened in Cen­tre­ville on July 31, 7:16 a.m. at 138 McKen­ney Lane and 9:45 a.m. at 217 Grove Cove Road, re­spec­tively.

All three were caused by fire­works be­ing ig­nited in­side the mail­boxes, the fire mar­shal’s of­fice said.

In ad­di­tion to the fire mar­shal’s of­fice, the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment and the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice both re­sponded to Ross and Louis Hellings’ res­i­dence on Bay­side Drive. The fire mar­shal’s of­fice es­ti­mated dam­ages to the mail­box at $100.

The mail­box on McKen­ney Lane was owned by Donna Martino, and the one of Grove Cove Road by Jamie Fornos. Only the fire mar­shal’s and sher­iff’s of­fices re­sponded to the Cen­tre­ville in­ci­dents, no fire de­part­ment. Es­ti­mates of dam­ages were not re­ported.

In all three cases, the ex­plo­sions were dis­cov­ered by a neigh­bor.

The fire­works de­stroyed the mail boxes but didn’t cause any fires, said Deputy Chief Fire Mar­shal Matthew Stevens. “It’s def­i­nitely ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty.”

He said he be­lieves the Kent Is­land case is sep­a­rate from the Cen­tre­ville cases.

The fire mar­shal’s of­fice is ac­tively look­ing for sus­pects. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­lated to any of th­ese in­ci­dents is asked to con­tact the Up­per Eastern Re­gion Of­fice of the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal at 410-8227609.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Lo­cal kids show their sup­port for po­lice of­fi­cers by at­tend­ing the first an­nual Back the Badge in Queen Anne’s County, July 27, 2016. They signed all three ban­ners de­liv­ered to the lo­cal de­part­ments in QA show­ing th­ese ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vants that they back their badge and are grate­ful for them. From left, Ni­cholas Cal­la­han, Hay­den Tan­ner Wil­liams, Cameron Cal­la­han, Bray­den Cal­la­han, Ju­lia Wisk, Emma Mid­dle­ton and Nathan Mid­dle­ton.

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