Just what in the world is up with Ohio? This story made the news a few days ago, and I can't help but wonder if we might not have a lot more racist people in Ohio than we knew about. It seems like Ohio just keeps making the news in regard to racism and hate groups. Thankfully, they didn't know what they were doing and no one was injured.
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Police: Chemical Bomb In Mailbox Might Be Hate Crime
Reported by: Becky Freemal
Web produced by: Mark Sickmiller
Photographed by: 9News
First posted: 1/23/2006 2:49:31 PM
Last updated: 1/23/2006 5:45:14 PM
Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Warren County after finding a chemical bomb in a mailbox.
The mailbox belongs to an African American man who lives in the 10000 block of Grog Run Road in Hamilton Township.
At 3:19 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor called police after seeing three white males approach a mailbox on two occasions.
A fourth white male stayed behind inside a dark, four door vehicle, the witness said. All of the males were wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts.
When police showed up, the suspects were gone. But police noticed an open mailbox.
Inside: a large plastic bottle enclosed in duct tape, which was starting to foam as a chemical reaction took place, police said.
Officers believe it didn't explode as intended because of how it was put together, as well as the cooler temperatures.
"If somebody had been in the proximity when this device detonated they would have been hurt pretty bad from the caustic burns, the shrapnel it would have created and everything else," said Lt. Detective Jeff Braley of Hamilton Township Police.
The Butler County Bomb Squad was called in and blew up part of the device in order to vent it.
Police did not say what the chemical was, but the device was taken as evidence.
Hamilton Township Police say they're investigating this as a possible hate crime because of the circumstances surrounding it.
If you have any information about this crime, please call Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040. You don't have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward if your tips lead to an arrest.