Letterbox blown sky high

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 14:36 24/01/2013

Relevant offers

South Taranaki police are on the hunt for a group who blew up a Hawera letterbox using a bomb earlier this month.

The blast, about 11pm on January 12, was strong enough to wake neighbours, with one reporting seeing a flash.

Constable Maree Pollock said the vandals responsible were lucky not to be injured during their stunt, despite describing the bomb as ''small scale''.

''There is the potential for someone to get hurt, whether it's the person doing it or some innocent bystander who happens to be walking past,'' she said.

''Someone will know something and will be bragging about it.

''Footsteps were heard after the explosion so we are picking it was a group of people.''

Ms Pollock said the letter box was near a wooded area and with the dry weather conditions there was the potential for greater property damage.

The minimum charge for being caught with explosives in a public area carries a maximum three-year prison sentence.

In 2011, a pipe bomb was used to destroy a post box packed with mail.

The front of the post box was blasted across Waihi Rd and surrounding properties were showered with shrapnel and shredded letters. 

That explosion was heard over a three kilometre radius throughout Hawera.

Ad Feedback

- Taranaki Daily News

Special offers
Opinion poll

Have you ever felt unsafe in a NZ taxi?

Yes - and I got out before my destination.

Yes, but it turned out fine.

No, never a problem.

I avoid taxis at all costs.

No, but I'll never travel alone in one.

Vote Result

Related story: Taxi group to look into sex assault complaints

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

TDN dailynews long2

TDN North Taranaki Midweek

The North Taranaki Midweek's online

Get your mid week news fix

TDN South Taranaki Star

South Taranaki Star online

Get your South Taranaki news online

Small-celebrations-TDN

Celebrations

View marriage and birth notices from around the region

Small-Deaths-TDN

Death Notices

View obituaries from around the region

Family Notices