Ross Richardson displays the leftover shards of wood from his letterbox.
Ross Richardson displays the leftover shards of wood from his letterbox.

Cracker of a post sends Lennox letterbox a blast

By ADAM HICKS

INSTEAD of bringing in the mail, Ross Richardson was carrying away the kindling after his Lennox Head letterbox was blown up by vandals.

The Amber Drive resident woke last Thursday morning to find the wooden letterbox he had built 13 years ago reduced to a patch of splinters.

"I made it myself from western red cedar," he said.

"It was screwed and glued tightly. It was fairly sturdy."

A police spokesman said a fire cracker appeared to be the cause of the 2.45am explosion.

"It was loud...and colourful, apparently," Mr Richardson said.

"I didn't wake up until parts of the letter box hit the roller door."

Letterbox fall-out was scattered around a 25-metre radius.

Debris was blasted across the road and onto the lawns of neighbours in both directions.

"It was too powerful for a regular banger," Mr Richardson said.

"My fear is if the culprits don't get away fast enough a bit of it might get blown through them."

Margaret Richardson said she was extremely scared when woken by an explosion.

"Immediately after the bang we heard a 'yahoo'," she said.

"They laughed loudly, there were 'whoops'."

Police Inspector Glenn Gilbert said it was the second letterbox explosion in Lennox Head on Wednesday night, and the third in the Ballina Shire in a week.

"There is cause for concern," Insp Gilbert said.

"Someone's doing it and it is impossible to gauge the danger involved.

"Fireworks are illegal and we definitely discourage anyone from using it in this manner.

"It is a danger to themselves and it does physical and financial damage to other's property.

"(If arrested) they will have to go to court and face serious charges including malicious damage."

Mr Richardson said he would not rebuild the letterbox.

"Now it's something to burn in the winter," he said.

"I think I will buy a custom-made one if I can find one that suits me."

Police investigations into the prank are continuing.

If you have any information about any letterbox explosions in Lennox Head or Ballina, call the Ballina Police Station on 66818699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.



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