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Letter Threatens Retaliation Against Macomb County Neighbors Who Set Off Fireworks

July 02, 2018 - 12:17 pm

CHESTERFIELD TWP. (WWJ) - Police in Macomb County's Chesterfield Township are trying to get to the bottom of a threatening letter circulating in a neighborhood.

A handful of residents in the Eagle's Nest subdivision, near Gratiot Ave. and Cotton Rd., received the letters from an anonymous person saying he was frustrated with fireworks going off while he was trying to sleep, and would retaliate against anyone who set off fireworks after 9 p.m. this week.  

The letter writers called out one house in particular on Dove Lane, alleging that there were very "loud and obnoxious" amounts of fireworks set off there las year.

The note goes on to state that the disgruntled resident -- who has to get up early for work -- will make neighbors' "lives miserable for days and months to come," if his demands are not met. 

"I will take my frustrations out on the whole Dove Lane block, and I'll keep the retaliations lasting forever," the letter reads. "You don't know when I'll retaliate, but it WILL happen, and it will happen over and over again. NOTHING will be ruled out in regards to how I retaliate."

<<View a copy of  the letter on Facebook>>

In Chesterfield, it is legal to set off fireworks until midnight July 3 through 5. 

However, as it's not legal to make threats, police are investigating. 

One neighborhood resident, who opted not to give her name, is glad to see that the threats are being taken seriously. 

"I advised them (those who received the letters) to file a police report immediately," she told WWJ Newsradio 950's Charlie Langton. 

Another neighbor, Candice Reztak, isn't overly concerned. 

"It's absolutely ridiculous, the letter is silly," Reztak said. "It's Fourth of July. It's not a big deal. We're just gonna have family stuff, that's it."

But are big, loud fireworks really a problem is the sub?

"Oh my goodness, no. There's no one that blows off those, whatever, M-80s or whatever those are; we don't have any of that," said resident Tina Dziedzic. "There are really nice fireworks. I enjoy it around here. I thought (the letter) was crazy!"

Because the threatening letters were found in residents' mailboxes, the U.S. Postal Service is also involved in the investigation, which is ongoing.

No suspects have been named or described.