MANCHESTER, Md. — The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal has launched an investigation following a rash of mailbox explosions in Carroll County.
On Sunday before 9 a.m., a homeowner in the 3600 block of Lineboro Road noticed their roadside mailbox damaged and called 911. Investigators later found that an M-80 type of consumer grade firework had been placed inside the mailbox and detonated.
Later around 5:30 p.m., Deputy State Fire Marshals received a second call, this time from a homeowner in the 3200 block of Keating Court in Manchester, who returned home from a weekend vacation to find their mailbox destroyed. An investigation determined the same type of explosive device was used.
Officials also went onto recover the remains of similar M-80 type devices in the areas of Main Street, York Street, and the 3900 block of Water Tank Road, after reports came in of more explosions being heard.
Below is a map showing the different locations of the mailbox explosions:
Witnesses told investigators they had seen an unknown make and model green truck with rectangular headlights flee the area around the time of the second incident.
Anyone with information on the vehicle or the explosions is asked to contact Deputy State Fire Marshal's at 410-836-4844 or Manchester Police at 410-239-6900.