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Exploding post box of Chifley

Quokka 31 May 2009 25

During the course of my travels I stumbled across this obviously defunct post box in Chifley and wondered if anybody knew the story. An ambivalent poster who submitted a sensitive document and then decided that they desperately needed to retrieve it? Kids with fireworks? A small-scale terrorist inspired by the concept of “think globally, act locally”?

Any musings would assist in alleviating my curiosity…


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misspris misspris 12:39 pm 04 Jun 09

My friend at work told me today that she generally puts an ice cream contain full of water in her letter box over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend to deter would be vandals. It worked till she forgot to take it out and her mail got soggy 🙂

Quokka Quokka 7:12 pm 03 Jun 09

Apparently the post box was also blown up in 2007. Might be worth giving that particular box a miss around this time of year if you value your mail!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/04/11/1894081.htm

farq farq 4:49 pm 03 Jun 09

CoffeeGeek said :

A “firecracker”?

Me thinks not. Anything that can do that sort of steel tearing/bending damage is no longer a “firecracker”. Unless it was homemade…

you speak the truth!

ant ant 4:42 pm 03 Jun 09

postalgeek said

Postalgeek said :

Someone probably wrote an angry letter to the editor which went off prematurely.

That one wins!

farnarkler farnarkler 3:51 pm 03 Jun 09

Damn, I wish I’d thought of that years ago. I could’ve made a fortune selling prop blown up letterboxes. Ah well.

peterh peterh 3:49 pm 03 Jun 09

jessieduck said :

Emlyn is probably putting together a racial profile of the offenders that she can share with us later.

don’t say that! oh, dear, perhaps she didn’t hear you…

Whatsup Whatsup 3:40 pm 03 Jun 09

farnarkler said :

Better still, have a fake blown up letterbox which you can substitute for your real one for Saturday night.

+1 Great idea.

Whatsup Whatsup 3:39 pm 03 Jun 09

Emlyn Ward said :

This is amazingly dangerous and should be treated as equivalent to a drive-by shooting.

Of course, the police have to concentrate on pointlessly booking motorists for minor infringements before bothering to investigate and suppress actual life-threatening criminals acts such as these.

Are you of the opinion that speeding and drink driving are minor infringements ? You and or someone you love are more likely to be killed or injured as a result of these than an exploding letter box. It may have been terrifying however there is a big picture of resource allocation. We do need more police out on the road.

farnarkler farnarkler 3:38 pm 03 Jun 09

Better still, have a fake blown up letterbox which you can substitute for your real one for Saturday night.

farnarkler farnarkler 3:36 pm 03 Jun 09

Tie a large, angry rottweiler to your letterbox.

jessieduck jessieduck 3:23 pm 03 Jun 09

Emlyn is probably putting together a racial profile of the offenders that she can share with us later.

peterh peterh 3:12 pm 03 Jun 09

Emlyn Ward said :

They blew up my letterbox about 6 months ago.
The debris from the explosion punched a hole through the roof of my house.

This is amazingly dangerous and should be treated as equivalent to a drive-by shooting.

Of course, the police have to concentrate on pointlessly booking motorists for minor infringements before bothering to investigate and suppress actual life-threatening criminals acts such as these.

what would you have them do? foot patrols through the streets every night with a lockdown curfew and shoot anyone out after curfew is called?

The police have a finite number of members. they are doing a good thing getting the DUIs, speeders and other stupid drivers off the roads, and are busting druggies all over town. One letterbox being blown up 6-months ago is not going to get a police crackdown on these behaviours. 30 or 40 letterboxes would see a far greater interest.

Emlyn Ward Emlyn Ward 2:19 pm 03 Jun 09

They blew up my letterbox about 6 months ago.
The debris from the explosion punched a hole through the roof of my house.

This is amazingly dangerous and should be treated as equivalent to a drive-by shooting.

Of course, the police have to concentrate on pointlessly booking motorists for minor infringements before bothering to investigate and suppress actual life-threatening criminals acts such as these.

CoffeeGeek CoffeeGeek 11:04 am 01 Jun 09

A “firecracker”?

Me thinks not. Anything that can do that sort of steel tearing/bending damage is no longer a “firecracker”. Unless it was homemade, in which case we have a *temporary citizen* amongst us.

I’d place solid money on it being oxy/acetylene, which would make you lean towards plumbing apprentices who have a driving license.

BTW, has anyone else noticed their ATM blowing a gentle breeze out of the card slot? Maybe Austpost needs to put some forced ventilation into the post boxes?

mcs mcs 11:56 pm 31 May 09

Unfortunately its a common occurence. While I was working for Oz Post last year, had a new box put in just near where I worked that was blown up within a couple of days of it being installed. They didn’t do a very good job however, just shoved the crackers in the tray instead of emptying the tray into the main part, but still made a nice little mess.

There were also a couple of other ones blown up within the lead up to Christmas. Nearly always seems to be done with firecrackers and it is just stupid behaviour. It is very annoying as well, epsecially for those that have just posted mail in the box and for those at Australia Post who have to deal with those people, who are justifiably upset.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 11:21 pm 31 May 09

Someone probably wrote an angry letter to the editor which went off prematurely.

bd84 bd84 9:47 pm 31 May 09

p1 said :

Someone practicing their oxygen and acetalyne mix before trying it on an ATM?

You sound like an expert 😉

The fireworks started up last weekend, must be a coincidence that Queens Birthday is coming up next weekend and the suppliers must be getting stock in..

ant ant 8:34 pm 31 May 09

And we all pay for it.

p1 p1 7:53 pm 31 May 09

Someone practicing their oxygen and acetalyne mix before trying it on an ATM?

Punter Punter 6:50 pm 31 May 09

This is not an isolated incident, the post box on Knoke Avenue Gordon was blown apart in the same manner some time last week. I personally think it is a pretty dangerous practice, pieces of the box can seperate from the main body with potentially lethal results.

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