Terre Haute police have questioned several people in connection with reports of explosions Wednesday night on North 13th Street but no charges have been filed.
What started as a call of a house fire turned into a bomb threat, prompting a response from the Indiana State Police bomb squad.
At approximately 9:15 p.m. the Terre Haute Fire Department were called to 821 North 13th Street in Terre Haute.
“I heard a bomb,” Manuel Padilla, who lives nearby, said. “Something blew up, something blew up.”
Manuel Padilla was inside his apartment when he awoke to a loud explosion and smoke in his room.
More than 15 people evacuated the duplex. While Padilla waited outside a second explosion went off nearby.
“I see my door off the hinges, and it was against the wall,” Padilla said. “I mean it blew two feet off my wall,”
Indiana State Police later confirmed the threat and called in their bomb squad unit from Indianapolis.
The Terre Haute Police Department responded to the explosion as well around 10 p.m.
While THPD were responding to the call on North 13th, officers were called just a few blocks over to another loud explosion heard on the 1500 block of 1st Avenue.
One individual was seen running back inside the house and police setup a perimeter. The man later came out of the house, but several others remained inside.
“We did have earlier reports or past reports of fireworks at this particular residence,” Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen said. “I can tell you we have no reports of injuries at either location at this point.
Just after 2 a.m. Thursday, four people came out of the house while another was taken from the house.
Keen said those inside the house on 1st Avenue may be linked to the explosions on North 13th Street.
No injuries were reported at either scene.
“Detectives are following up on both locations and the possibility that the people linked to the first location and may be involved here at the location of 1st Avenue,” Keen said.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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