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Virginia Police Warn of Mailbox Bombs

August 2, 2010

Authorities are warning Fairfax County residents to watch out for homemade chemical bombs placed in mailboxes and on front lawns.

The Fairfax County Fire Department says at least eight of the bombs have been found in Reston and West Springfield since May. The bombs are made of over-the-counter chemicals, such as Drano and baking soda. No one has been injured.

Police and fire officials are investigating.

Lee-Alison Sibley says she found a plastic water bottle in her mailbox in Great Falls in June. The bottle had already exploded, but she suffered a chemical burn on her finger.


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