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Police Investigate Minor Explosion in Augusta

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An early morning explosion rocked a small community in Augusta County, west of Staunton. 

State police bomb experts are currently on the scene in the 200 block of Miss Phillips Road in Pastures.      

The Augusta County Sheriff's Office got the call about the explosion just before 5 a.m. Thursday. They found a truck with major damage.      

State police say the driver is a 61-year-old Staunton man, but he is not hurt.  They believe some sort of explosive device damaged the truck. 


Virginia State Police
Press Release

UPDATE: AUGUSTA CO. – Virginia State Police is continuing its investigation into an explosive device that damaged a passing vehicle early Thursday morning (May 16, 2013) in the community of Pastures in Augusta County.

At 4:45 a.m., the Augusta County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene after receiving a 911 call about an incident involving a vehicle in the 200 block of Miss Phillips Road. When deputies arrived on

scene they found a 2004 Toyota pickup truck with significant damage to its right front side. An explosive device lying alongside the road had detonated. The driver, a 61-year-old Staunton man, was not injured.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office, with the assistance of the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, ATF and FBI, is currently investigating the incident

and following up on various leads. If anyone has information about this incident, then please contact the Virginia State Police at 434-352-7128.

By 1 p.m., the scene was cleared and Miss Phillips Road re-opened to all traffic.


Virginia State Police
Press Release
 

AUGUSTA CO. – Virginia State Police and the Augusta County Sheriff's Office are on the scene of what appears to be a minor explosion that occurred early Thursday morning (May 16, 2013) in the community of Pastures in Augusta County.

At 4:45 a.m., the Augusta County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene after receiving a 911 call about an incident involving a vehicle in the 200 block of Miss Phillips Road. When deputies arrived on scene they found a pickup truck with significant damage to its front side. The driver, a 61-year-old Staunton man, was not injured.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Appomattox Field Office is currently at the scene with a bomb technician and explosives detection canine. At this stage of the investigation, it appears the damage to the vehicle was caused by a type of explosive device.

Miss Phillips Road will be closed at Hebron Road to through traffic for the next few hours as the investigation continues. 

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