Series of fireworks explosions destroy mailboxes
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.
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.