Ballwin police searching for mailbox bomber

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BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) - A bomber in Ballwin had made the Metro`s Most Wanted list Wednesday night after federal officials offer a big cash reward to catch them.

The sleepy suburb of Ballwin got a wake-up call when a mailbox exploded in the 700 block of Castle Pines Drive.  It happened July 21st around 11:45 at night.  Fortunately no one was hurt, but if it was a prank, Ballwin police aren`t laughing.

"This was a significant explosion," said Sgt. Jim Heldman of the Ballwin Police Department.

"It sent shrapnel through the garage door and damaged nearby houses.  Had anybody been driving or walking by they could have been severely injured or killed.

Heldman says exploding mailboxes are nothing new.  But the severity of this explosion gives it a priority stamp.

"We have those soda bottle bombs that became popular several years ago that people were using to damage mailboxes.  This wasn’t that.  This was significantly more powerful."

Now authorities want to send their own message.  Because it involves a U.S. mail box, it`s a federal offense.  The postal service is offering a $5,000 reward on top of the $1,000 reward CrimeStoppers is already offering.