Investigators are trying to figure out who blew up a mailbox in a quiet Vancouver neighborhood, sending pieces of debris flying into nearby yards.
The incident was captured on home surveillance cameras.
The explosion happened just before midnight Monday along Northeast 57th Avenue.
Neighbor Vicki Paul heard the explosion just as she was closing her eyes to go to sleep.
She had heard fireworks going off throughout the night but knew the blast that woke her up was much different.
"Just a big boom." Paul said. "I mean, louder than any of the other smaller ones, you know, that people set off."
Paul didn't realize until Tuesday morning that someone had blown up her neighbor's plastic mailbox across the street, she said. Another mailbox was heavily damaged.
In some home surveillance video obtained by FOX 12, someone is seen lighting a fuse near the mailboxes before a large flash of light appears a few seconds later.
Mailbox pieces went flying roughly 80 feet into several neighbors yards and put a dent in a chain-link fence nearby, neighbors said.
Another camera angle shows brake lights of what appears to be a lighter-colored truck sitting in the upper right-hand corner of the video. As the flashes go off, someone is seen running toward the truck as the driver takes off.
"I just couldn't believe that people are so, you know, unlawful doing things like that," Paul said. "I mean, that's a federal offense. You know, they should not be doing that."
Both of the damaged mailboxes have already been replaced.
Neighbors believe whoever was responsible for the explosion was in and out of the area within a few minutes. They're now trying to figure out why the blast occurred in the first place and wonder if it'll happen again.
"We have a real nice quiet neighborhood, and yeah, of course, we're all worried," Paul said. "That it could be even more than that."
Neighbors called the Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal to investigate, they said.
So far, there is no information on any suspects.
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