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Durham police investigate chemical 'bomb' on bus

Posted July 22, 2014

— Durham police closed West Main Street between Market and Mangum streets Tuesday night after a chemical bomb exploded on a Bull City Connector bus.

Police said the bus driver told them a rider left a sealed jug of chemicals on the bus when he disembarked, and the jug exploded at about 9:35 p.m. while the bus was at the intersection of Main and Corcoran streets.

Officers from the police department's Biological Chemical Emergency Response Team cordoned off the area for about two hours, but they were unable to find the man who left the jug.

A passenger on the bus was treated at the scene for exposure to chemicals. No one else was injured, and the bus was not seriously damaged.

Anyone with information about the bomb or the man who left it is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.



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  • landonsgrampa Jul 23, 2014

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    They are hoping that this guy has told someone, who doesn't want to be an accessory after the fact. Maybe there was more than just this guy and the other/others are feeling guilty enough to come forward. If you actually knew anything about law enforcement, you would know this.

  • Barbara Sossomon Jul 23, 2014
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    Anyone with information about the bomb or the man who left it is asked to call Crime Stoppers -- How is anyone supposed to know anything about the man? They have not even given a description.

  • landonsgrampa Jul 23, 2014

    I can't wait for the comments about this from Hans. I would perceive it would go something like this. "Guns are just the stepping stones to killing with bombs".

  • Mannin Black Jul 23, 2014
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    Physical injury is a real threat with a "works" bomb when it goes off in a confined space like a buss. I can not confirm nor deny that I know this from personal experience.

  • raleighboy524 Jul 23, 2014

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    Get a grip. This doesn't come near the Boston bombing. Overstating the situation in Durham does not do anyone any good. Durham is a great place, a fact that many people are realizing as witnessed by the huge influx of people moving downtown. I've lived in Durham nearly 4 decades and have had very minimal crime problems. Most people I know also have had no problems. And none of us work in high dollar office towers or get escorts to our cars.

  • bossman54 Jul 23, 2014

    Nothing new here. Drano in a bottle of water, as reported by WTVD. This this is a prank that has been going on for years by bored youths who don't understand this can cause burns. And don't blame the "media". Kids get these ideas when they pay attention to what's under the kitchen sink.

  • golfprincess Jul 23, 2014

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    My question, too: Surveillance cameras?

    And help us help you: What does this man look like?

  • mike275132 Jul 23, 2014

    Another reason to use public transit....
    Especially in Durham.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 23, 2014

    wow, so the underground criminals have decided that killing citizens with guns has become boring and now they're going to up their game by using chemical weapons?

    Is there anyone left in Duham that feels safe, other than the few ushered in and out of their high dollar offices via undeground parking garages and security people?

    I think it's time to evacuate that city. If you want to live that is.

  • Jordy Jul 23, 2014

    Police said the bus driver told them a rider left a sealed jug of chemicals on the bus........Anyone with information about the bomb or the man who left it is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

    Do Durham buses have surveillance cameras onboard? Based on this detailed description of the suspect I will be on the look out! Folks it is OK to give a description of the suspect, white, black or purple we are what we are....

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