Congressional Candidate "rattled" by bottle bomb

Three bottle bombs were discovered in the Granger area today.

That seems to lessen the likelihood that a Monday night explosion near the Knollwood mailbox of congressional candidate Brendan Mullen was politically motivated.

For a time, it looked like Mullen was the only resident in the area to encounter a bottle bomb.

“My first gut thought was a bunch of high school kids just having fun and screwing around and causing mischief and just stirring up trouble,” said Mullen. “It kind of dawned on me like, oh my gosh, this could be politically motivated.”
After all, Monday was one of the few days that Mullen decided to work out of his Granger home.

It was also ‘the day’ that the bomb exploded inside the newspaper box, near his mailbox across the street.

The explosion did not cause any property damage, although it did produce a loud noise, some smoke, and an odor, which was enough to rattle the nerves of an Iraq War veteran who is now home with his wife and two daughters.

“One of my guys that I served with sent me a text message because he lives here in the area, said you never knew that Knollwood and Granger would be similar to Mosul. We said that in jest, and I laughed at it, and it, it had me rattled.”
Mullen’s encounter with a bottle bomb was the first called in to police in St. Joseph County, who only learned there was a second incident some 17 hours later.

“We have discovered a couple more devices in the last 24 hours, and that kind of lends to that theory that it’s more random and not targeted at one specific individual,” said Lt. Matt Blank of the St. Joseph County Police.

Three additional bottle bomb discoveries were made today. One on Silverleaf Court, one off Northfield Drive, and one on Ridge Stone Ct., all in the Granger area.

Police say none of the additional incidents involved politicians, and that all were found in what was described as a one square mile area.

“Yesterday, Mr. Mullen’s device was found, you know right around five o'clock in the evening, the other two were discovered today, and that could simply be because most people don’t check their mailboxes after five p.m.,” said Lt. Blank.

Two of the three bombs reported today had exploded, while one did not. Police strongly advise anyone who finds such a device not to touch it.

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