FALLBROOK: Small ‘bomb’ detonated in mailbox
FALLBROOK —- A suspected “acid bomb” in a 16-ounce water bottle was exploded inside a mailbox in the 4300 block of La Canada Road in Fallbrook on Sunday afternoon, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.
The resident who owns the mailbox called authorities shortly before 3 p.m. to report seeing a silver Nissan pickup driving away from the home about the time of the detonation.
A Sheriff’s Department helicopter tracked a vehicle matching the description to Interstate 15 and Deer Springs Road near Escondido, but it turned out the vehicle was probably not connected to the incident, the department said.
The mailbox survived the small blast, and a county hazardous materials team cleaned up the debris to neutralize any remaining chemicals, according to a news release.
The Sheriff’s Department warned that any “sealed device containing chemically reactive substances assembled for the purposes of causing an explosion” qualifies as a destructive device in California.
Possession of any such device is punishable by up to one year in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 858-565-5200.