WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Wichita police say it's lucky nobody was hurt when a homemade ``sparkler bomb'' destroyed a mailbox and damaged a home.
Lt. Doug Nolte says a woman who lives in the south part of the city heard a loud explosion around 9:15 p.m. Sunday and went outside to investigate.
The Wichita Eagle reports she found her mailbox destroyed and debris from it had struck the side of her house.
Nolte says the department's bomb squad determined someone had built an improvised explosive device using sparklers and set it off inside the mailbox.
He says the force of sparkler bombs is strong enough to kill anyone who is nearby when they explode. The case is being investigated as an arson.