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Blown-up mailboxes and spray-painted cars caused thousands of dollars in damage and brought Savage Police to Independence Avenue on the Fourth of July, police said this week. 

Officers responded to a report of a mailbox on fire in the 12300 block of Hillsboro Avenue around 4 a.m., according to police reports. 

Around 7 a.m., multiple residents in the nearby 12400 block of Independence Avenue began reporting property damage to cars, a mailbox and a street sign. The estimated combined damage is over $3,000. 

Savage Police Capt. Bruce Simon said it's suspected fireworks were placed in the mailboxes, and juvenile suspects have been identified. 

Christine Schuster is a reporter for the Savage Pacer.

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