Official’s mailbox blown up
May 5, 2007
Park City Police Department investigators are hunting for someone who may have twice put fireworks in City Councilman Jim Hier’s mailbox, both times resulting in damage. According to the Police Department, the most recent attack occurred at about 9:39 p.m. on Friday, May 4 when an explosion destroyed the mailbox. Rick Ryan, a Police Department lieutenant, says Hier, who lives on the 2500 block of Morning Sky Court, on the edge of Park Meadows, reported a loud bang, went outside and saw the destroyed mailbox. Neighbors saw a bright flash of light, the police say, and watched as a vehicle drove away. Ryan says the neighbors are unable to provide a description of the vehicle. The earlier incident was reported at about 4 p.m. on Monday, April 30, when the mailbox was damaged and about a 10 to 15 foot patch of the lawn was singed, Ryan says. In that case, Hier noticed the back of the mailbox was opened and saw that a firework had landed about 15 feet away, starting the fire. Ryan says the fire apparently burned itself out and the firework likely was set off between 10 p.m. on April 29 and 4 p.m. the next day. "The MO is pretty clear. Explosive device in the same location," Ryan says. The police do not have a suspect. Hier, who is serving his second term on the City Council, says he wonders why his mailbox was targeted. He is unsure if someone is upset with his official duties. "I don’t have a clue. I think somebody is mad at my mailbox," Hier says.