Michigan Car Bomb Injures Father, Two Sons

Sep 21, 2011 3:14pm
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A car bomb in Monroe, Mich. injured a father and his two sons. Credit: AP

The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information about a Michigan car bombing Tuesday that injured a lawyer and his two young sons.

The lawyer was identified as Eric Chappel, an Ohio-based attorney, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV. Chapel was driving his sons to football practice Tuesday evening, when his Volvo exploded with enough force that the blast was heard a mile away.

Observers saw a fireball and the car was quickly reduced to charred and twisted steel. Chappel was injured on his right side and his sons, in critical condition, were taken to a hospital in Toledo, Ohio.

All three are expected to make a recovery.

“There was a lot of power behind it. The victims are very fortunate, very blessed, to be alive,” ATF spokesman Donald Dawkins told the Associated Press.

The explosion took place Tuesday evening in Monroe, Michigan, a suburb 35 miles southwest of Detroit.

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