Exploding mailboxes leads to wildfires in Okmulgee County
BEGGS, Okla. (KTUL) —
The Okmulgee Sheriff’s Office thinks someone has been blowing up mailboxes and at least two explosions have caused small wildfires.
The flames are still burning, even two days later. The smoke still rises from charred timber.
A victim of the mailbox bomber was coming home from school and feared the worst.
“I was wondering if my house caught on fire or something,” says Ashley Baskett. “Because there was a bunch of smoke and firefighters.”
The fire didn’t make it to the house, but it did burn several acres.
“I was worried because we have dogs back there,” Baskett says. “And I was afraid the fire could have got to them.”
Just a few miles away there’s another stand without a box and more scorched earth across the street.
“Makes me think there are some crazy people out there,” says Baskett. “That like to put bombs in places they shouldn’t be.”
The Sheriff’s office thinks it’s a prank gone horribly wrong. Fireworks in a mailbox, leading to wildfires that burned about 10 acres. Authorities are lucky it wasn’t more in a heavily wooded area.
The imaginative youngster has an interesting, if maybe implausible, theory.
“Maybe the mailman could’ve done it,” Baskett says with a grin. “Maybe he doesn’t like us.”
This is an active investigation as to who put the fireworks in the mailboxes.
If you have any information you’re asked to call the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office at 918- 756-4311.