Police probe string of Greenville area explosions

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:54 am on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

An explosion that police say was the result of a homemade bomb left remnants of a garbage can strewn all throughout one family’s yard on Youngman Road. The incident is one of at least three where a homemade device was used in the Greenville area. — Courtesy photo

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Michigan State Police are looking for suspects involved in setting off multiple homemade explosives in and around the Greenville area.

The most recent incident on Youngman Road, near Baker Road in Eureka Township, left remnants of a garbage can strewn throughout one family’s yard.

“That thing just put me straight up in bed,” said Brad Bigelow, who was home alone when the explosion woke him from his sleep around 2:45 a.m. Saturday. His wife and two daughters were out of town.

The explosion was powerful enough to launch shrapnel from the trash bin, which was at the end of the driveway, hundreds of feet up to the couple’s house.

“It threw parts of the can everywhere,” Bigelow said. “It blew it all to bits. I thought it was a shotgun blast and I could hear material going through the trees.”

Don Feuerstein, who lives just up the street from the Bigelows, also heard the early morning blast.

“I’m hard of hearing and it woke me up,” he said.

After thinking it was possibly gunfire, Bigelow said he later assumed it was a large firework of some sort, but after seeing the remnants of his trash bin the next day he knew it was something more powerful and decided to report it to police.

And police apparently felt the same way, calling in a bomb squad from Lansing to investigate.

Lt. Troy Allen of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post said material from the bomb collected by the bomb squad led investigators to believe the device was homemade. Allen said this was not the first time a homemade bomb was used to vandalize objects in the area.

“This is the third time as far as I know,” he said, adding he believed the incidents, all of which have occurred in the Greenville area, were all related.

The investigation into the string of explosions is ongoing, but Allen said law enforcement officials have a lead on multiple suspects.

Anyone with any information or anyone who has been the victim of such vandalism is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post at (989) 352-8444.

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