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Saylorsburg postal worker suffers chemical burns from soda-bottle bomb

A U.S. Postal Service worker from Saylorsburg suffered minor chemical burns Thursday in Bushkill Township when liquid from an exploded soda-bottle bomb dripped on her hand, police said.

Patricia Matolyak, 49, of Saylorsburg, was delivering mail about 10:20 a.m. in the 300 block of Sexton Road when she opened a mailbox and a bubbling yellowish-brown liquid dripped onto her hand, police said.

"I got splashed with this liquid and I don't know what it is," police said Matolyak told them.

A second soda-bottle bomb was found Monday morning in the township, but police don't know if it's related to the mailbox incident.

According to Bushkill Township Police Capt. Michael McLouth:

Inside the mailbox was a 16.9-ounce water bottle, foil and the liquid, which is suspected to be drain cleaner. The liquid was pooled in the box and came out when the door was opened. Police don't know when the bomb exploded.

Matolyak experienced a burning sensation on her hand then white dots appeared. She sought treatment on her own and is OK.

No arrests have been made in the case. Matolyak works out of the Wind Gap post office.

Another soda-bottle bomb was found about 7:30 a.m. Monday near Muschlitz and West Douglasville roads. A doll was found with three soda bottles duct-taped to it. Two of the bottles had exploded, but a the third was still under pressure.

Typically police would shoot the bottle with a .22-caliber gun, but they were worried about a ricochet from the road. They ended up running it over with a police vehicle. Fire crews cleaned up the liquid and disposed of the bottles. No arrests have been made in that case either.

Police ask anyone with information on either incident to call 610-759-9588.


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