Authorities in Butler Township, Ohio, are investigating after a an explosive device was placed inside a mailbox and detonated, police said on Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Federal investigation underway after explosive device detonated in mailbox in Ohio

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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 Township Police Chief John Porter said in a media release.

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.” 

Authorities continue to investigate.

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