Kennewick Police Searching for Mailbox Bombers – Numerous Serious Incidents Reported.
Kennewick police are warning residents to be careful, as a number of mailboxes have been blown apart by what are called Draino bombs.
Since January 16th, four different mailboxes have been completely blown apart by what the KPD are calling highly unstable and very dangerous Draino bombs. Two indents in the 2900 block of Garfield, one on Olympia St. and another incident occured at 1102 S. Newport. These homes are all in the same general vicinity. Besides the 16th, the second incident occurred on the 17th, the other two on the 21st.
Sgt. Ken Lattin said Wednesday the bombs are very simple but can be VERY deadly. The perpetrators are filling a plastic bottle with Draino cleaning fluid, then adding a piece of tin foil. Once the bottle is capped tightly, the resulting chemical reaction creates a significant explosion, enough to tear apart a metal mailbox!
Lattin is urging parents and residents to check and see if they have any missing Draino or cleaning supplies, and to report any and all tips or information they might have. These bombs are not only deadly, but unstable.
There is no way to predict now long the chemical reaction will take to produce the explosion. The bombs were placed inside the mailboxes, and an unsuspecting homeowner might be nearby, or worse yet, such a bomb might detonate when the person is checking their mail. The first bomb on the 16th went off at around 8am, two others around 5:30pm.
Anyone with any information about these dangerous bombs is asked to contact the KPD immediately at 586-TIPS (8477) or visit tricitiescrimestoppers.org. ALL information and tips will be confidential.