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Firecrackers explode in Menlo Park mailboxes

Original post made on Jun 19, 2012

The one thing more unwelcome than a bill in one's mailbox may be a firecracker, as a string of Menlo Park residents discovered last week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 1:48 PM


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Posted by Alphonso
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jun 19, 2012 at 2:28 pm

That sure sounds serious - almost as bad as dogs peeing on fire hydrants.

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Posted by bomb
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

How many firecrackers do you need to destroy a mailbox? I am dubious that toy firecrackers could do damage like this. Maybe some kind of commercial or military explosive?

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Not quite like a dog peeing on a hydrant (or anywhere else) --- Firecrackers in a mailbox can blow your hand off

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Yeah, if given the choice, I'll take the urinating dog, please. The firecrackers were left maliciously. It's a lousy thing to do as a prank. Please, moron responsible - if you read this thread (can you read?), please do something less harmful & more in line w/your maturity level - like play doorbell ditch.

Not to be over alarmist, but if there's mail in the boxes & it gets destroyed, is that a federal offense?

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Posted by Anonymouse
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

When I grew up in the 80's in Fremont, a few kids in my neighborhood would blow up mailboxes with firecrackers called "M-80s". The word was that each M-80 was equal to a quarter stick of dynamite. Regardless of what firepower they actually had, they were damn powerful and could certainly seriously maim or kill someone if they were close enough.

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Posted by the_punnisher
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

the_punnisher is a registered user.

Everyone should know that a person who is damaging or destroying a mailbox is committing a FELONY. Don't let the local P.D. tell you anything different.

That is why people cannot legally put ANYTHING in a mailbox without the USPS' approval. Fireworks are prohibited. See your local USPS office for details.

How do I know this? The story involves a snowplow driver, a County Sheriff and ultimately a brand new mailbox. ( yes, it was properly installed as per USPS regulations )

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Posted by Tom
a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I don't know about the rest of the over-reactionists here but when I see someone put a firework in a mailbox I generally don't immediately check the mail. Besides obviously if you've left your mail in the box past 9pm, chances are its junk anyways. Dumb prank...dumber reactions.