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Police and investigators from surrounding departments place evidence markers around a BMW on Tuesday in the 1600 block of 119th Street in Whiting. An explosive went off in the vehicle the previous night while the owner was inside his home.
An explosion damaged a black 2007 BMW late Monday in the 1600 block of 119th Street, Whiting police said.
K-9 Officer Enrique Cook, of Hammond, walks with his German shepherd Aros to the scene of an explosion in Whiting that damaged a car late Monday.
Police line tape sits on top of a road block Tuesday on 119th Street in Whiting as police investigated an overnight explosion.
Whiting Detective Capt. John Sotello, left, speaks with David Ronald Mosca, the owner of the vehicle that was damaged in an explosion late Monday and his Mosca's girlfriend, Lisa Crowley. The two were in their home when Mosca's car was damaged by an explosion.
Authorities from Whiting, Hammond and surrounding communities talk Tuesday; while investigating an overnight explosion that damaged a car in the 1600 block of 119th Street in Whiting.
Authorities investigate Tuesday after an overnight explosion damaged a car in the 1600 block of 119th Street in Whiting.
David Ronald Mosca, left, watches authorities investigate his car Tuesday after an explosive device damaged it Monday night in the 1600 block of 119th Street in Whiting. Mosca and his girlfriend, Lisa Crowley, mistook the source of the explosion for nearby BP Whiting Refinery, he said.
WHITING — Authorities were investigating an overnight explosion that damaged a car, Police Chief Steve Miller said.
The explosion about 9 p.m. Monday in the 1600 block of 119th Street damaged a black 2007 BMW's hood, front fenders and windshield, he said.
The damage was reported to police about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, he said.
An explosive device — possibly a large firework — may have been placed under the car's hood, but more investigation is necessary to confirm that suspicion, Miller said.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Porter County Bomb Squad were called to assist, Miller said. A Hammond police crime scene technician was processing the scene.
Police have spoken with the car's owner, he said.
"Right now, we feel it's an isolated incident," Miller said. "There is no danger to the public."
Part of the road was closed because of the investigation, he said.
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