Federal investigation underway after explosive device detonated in mailbox

Federal authorities and Butler Twp. police are investigating after an explosive device was placed inside a mailbox and detonated, according to police.

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The explosive device, which police believe was a commercial-grade firework, was detonated and destroyed the mailbox sometime between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday, Butler Twp. Police Chief John Porter said in a media release.

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Police did not say what road the incident occurred on but described the area as a rural part of the township.

“Since tampering with a mailbox is covered under federal law, federal authorities have been notified and are participating with us in a joint investigation,” Porter said.

“Our initial investigation shows there is no indication of any type of Hate or Bias Crime at this time.”

If you can help police identified the suspect or suspects, you’re urged to contact the Butler Twp. Police Department at 937-890-2671 or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867.

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