CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Charleston police have made three arrests in connection with a powerful explosion that blew up a mailbox in one of the city’s neighborhoods last Saturday morning.
Detectives said three juveniles in all have been charged with felonies, criminal use of a destructive device, after the blast on Louden Heights Road.
The homeowner’s video surveillance equipment recorded the crime, which was later posted on YouTube.
Police said the boys could have faced federal charges but because of their ages they were charged under state law. Investigators said they believe the boys chose the victim at random. They were looking for a plastic mailbox.
The explosives are illegal in West Virginia. Police believe they were purchased out of state.