Letter Bomb Law and Legal Definition

Letter bomb refers to an explosive device sent through the postal service for the purpose of causing serious injury to the recipient of the mail. Letter bomb is used as a tactic in terrorist attacks. It is mainly designed with an intention to injure or kill the recipient when opened. An example of a letter bomb is the 2001 anthrax attacks. In United States v. Angeleas, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55223, 7-8 (D. Or. July 21, 2008), it was held that a letter bomb can be made from butane lighters which could produce a 1000-degree fireball up to three feet in diameter. Letter bomb could possibly result in death and also qualifies as a destructive device. Letter bomb is also known as parcel bomb, mail bomb or post bomb.