Neighbors React to Pipe Bomb Explosion

A man was driving his pickup truck when he said it was hit by a pipe-bomb.

Car has "extensive damage" after pipe bomb explosion.

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- Bruce Henry was driving his pickup truck when he said it was hit by a pipe-bomb. He said around 5 a.m. Thursday, he was on his way to go turkey hunting, when he went under a bridge. That's when he said out of nowhere, he saw sparks shooting up. Then a split second later, an explosion went off.

Officers said it was a pipe bomb. Bruce's car was hit on the passenger side by it, right above the wheel. Investigators said the car was "extensively damaged.”

Bruce did not suffer any injuries.

Multiple officers, including FBI agents, Augusta County Sheriff's deputies and Virginia State Police troopers, were at the scene all day long, trying to find any sort of clue.

There is no description of a suspect or suspects at this point.

Neighbors were in shock on Thursday.

"It's a quiet area. Everybody knows everybody. It's a smaller community out here in Swoope. Friendly neighbors. It's kind of unusual, that somebody would have a pipe bomb explode," said Boone Jones, who lives nearby.

Another neighbor said she woke up very surprised to what she described as sounding like a gunshot or an explosion. She said she didn't really have any idea what was going on.

She also said over the bridge, where the pipe bomb exploded, trains cross about four times per day. There's even a train that cross at 6 a.m., just an hour after the explosion.

Train services resumed on Thursday evening.

Now investigators are going through the evidence they gathered, hoping to a get a lead on whoever is responsible.


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