Mailbox explosions rattle Shirley

Two mailboxes, a recycling bin and a vehicle damaged by exploding fireworks


SHIRLEY — Two mailboxes, one recycling bin and a vehicle were damaged by firework explosions in vandalism incidents early last weekend, according to Shirley Police Chief Samuel Santiago.

Police responded to a report of fireworks popping on Horse Pond Road at around 11 p.m. Friday. The explosion sparked a fire inside a resident’s recycling bin, Santiago said.

Shortly after, police received reports of two more explosions inside mailboxes on Myles Lane and Lawton Road.

“It (the blast) destroyed the mailbox,” Santiago said of one of the targets.

Security footage shows a vehicle pulling up to the Lawton Road mailbox, then driving away just before the blast occurs.

An explosive was also placed on the windshield of a station wagon for sale on Hazen Road. The blast shattered the windshield, according to Santiago.

There were no injuries reported in relation to the explosions.

Santiago believes M-80 or Roman Candle fireworks may have been involved. “It was something powerful,” he said.

“We’ve had this in the past… but not to this extent,” Santiago said of vandalized mailboxes. The chief believes the incidents are related.

Police continue to investigate the incidents, Santiago said, noting that currently there are no suspects.

There have been no arrests yet, but Santiago said those responsible could face a felony charge of vandalizing property.