FWPD: Explosion Investigation

Fort Wayne Police Department

News release from the Fort Wayne Police Department:

Explosion Investigation

Date/Time of Incident: October 3, 2012 / 1:09 am

Location of Incident: 3900 Newport Avenue

On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at approximately 1:09 am, the Fort Wayne Police Department and Fort Wayne Fire Department responded to the 3900 block of Newport Avenue reference several reports of a loud explosion and a vehicle smoking in the parking lot of the apartment complex. First responders arrived to discover the vehicle, a 1999 black Buick Regal, smoldering and completely destroyed. The force of the explosion was so great that it blew out the windows of a nearby vacant apartment. There were no injuries reported at the scene.

The Fort Wayne Police Department’s Hazardous Devices Unit (Bomb Squad) and Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives Bureau (ATF) began their investigation into what caused the explosion. The vehicle has since been processed by technicians and the blast is believed to have been caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D.) causing damage equivalent to that of a half-pound of TNT. During the ongoing investigation, and with the assistance of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, Bomb Technicians recovered the front windshield of the Buick on the roof of a two-story building, and the rear windshield atop of another nearby building, along with other debris from the explosion.

The incident remains under investigation with the City of Fort Wayne Police Department and the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives Bureau. Anyone have any information about this investigation is asked to contact the City of Fort Wayne Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 260 436-STOP (7867).

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