KENNETH CITY — An acid bomb exploded inside a residential mailbox on Wednesday afternoon, according to Kenneth City police, and the foamy chemical that leaked out injured a 63-year-old woman.
Jayne Randolph wanted to mail something from a friend's home at 5980 49th Ave. N at about 11:55 a.m. Wednesday when she noticed white foam leaking out of the mailbox. When she looked inside, police said, she saw the plastic remnants of a 20-ounce soda bottle.
Randolph removed the bottle, and the liquid caused a minor burn on her hand, according to police. Investigators don't think it was a targeted attack.
"This appears to be a random event," said police Sgt. Thomas Goldberg. "We don't have any suspects or any leads unless someone in the public comes forward.
"We are using extra patrols and keeping an eye on the area."
Goldberg said they haven't found similar reports of acid bombs around the bay area. Police said the corrosive substance has not yet been identified, but it is some type of acid.
Lealman paramedics treated the woman, and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office forensics team processed the scene. Firefighters diluted the chemical found in the mailbox, Goldberg said, and determined there was no need to call in the county's hazardous materials team.
Police are asking anyone with information to call (727) 498-8941.
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