Northfield Police Officer finds explosives in his patrol car

NORTHFIELD, OH (WOIO) - A Northfield Police officer noticed an explosive in the wheel well of his car that was parked at the police station on Coventry Avenue Tuesday. The fuse on the explosive had been lit, however thanks to damp and muggy weather, the fuse went out. The explosive was estimated to be equivalent to half a stick of dynamite.

The set-up was unsuccessful, but there have been other instances in the area involving mysterious explosives. There was an explosion on Saturday night around 10PM that was heard by residents, but police were not able to pin-point the source of the noise. The next day, a Coventry Avenue resident found a crater behind his garage and holes in the garage wall. The two incidents are thought to be related.

Police are conducting a thorough investigation of both crimes scenes. Debris and a cigarette butt were collected from the police parking lot.

Police are now storing their patrol cars in a locked parking garage for the safety of the officers. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are offering a $2,000 reward for anyone who has information that could lead to the conviction of the party responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF at 216-573-8100 or Northfield police at 330-467-7139 ext. 14.

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