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Reward offered in Meeker County mailbox bottle bomb case

LITCHFIELD -- The MN International Association of Arson Investigators is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a homemade plastic bottle bomb that exploded in a mailbox north of Dassel.

According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the bomb, often referred to as a "MacGyver Bomb," exploded inside a mailbox on June 16 in the Lake Arvilla/Big Swan Lake area.

This type of homemade bomb consists of various chemicals placed inside an enclosed container. The chemicals react with each other, releasing gases and expand to the point of rupturing the enclosed container. There is always the danger to homeowners that the container may fail to rupture, but remain under pressure and explode at any time.

Tips can be called in to the Arson Tip hotline, 1-800-723-2020. Norlin also wishes to remind everyone that for any crime you can call the Meeker County Sheriff's Office TIP LINE (320) 693-5411, and remain confidential, or CRIME STOPPERS at 800-222-8744, or text your tip to CRIME STOPPERS at TIP674 plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

The CRIME STOPPERS web site is You may also contact the Meeker County Sheriff's Office directly at (320) 693-5400, and if any crime or suspicious activity is in progress call 911.