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Authorities: Explosive package purposely placed on Apex vehicle

Posted May 28, 2015

— A package that exploded on top of a SUV in an Apex subdivision Thursday afternoon was intentionally placed, authorities said.

The explosion took place on Glade Hill Drive inside the Heritage at Park at West Lake subdivision, located near Middle Creek High School.

"I heard an incredibly large boom," said Stefan Mroczkiewicz, who lives in the subdivision. "It shook the house. Looked out the window and saw there was a huge puff of smoke going down the street. I just assumed his car blew up."

Other neighbors thought the vehicle's engine exploded, but it was actually a small explosive device placed on the vehicle, authorities said. The vehicle's owner, who was inside the SUV, wasn't hurt and no injuries were reported, authorities said.

"At this point, we're not releasing any further information other than we want the public to know there's no public safety issue and we do believe it's an isolated incident," said Cary police Capt. Randall Rhyne.

​The subdivision has an Apex address but is in Cary's jurisdiction.

Homes on Moneta Lane and Bedford Ridge Drive were evacuated as a precaution.

Optimist Farm Road between West Lake and Pierce Olive roads was briefly closed late Thursday afternoon following the explosion.

For Todd Ireland, he's thankful the explosion didn't happen later in the day.

"Fortunately, I think most folks were gone, so from that aspect, it's good," he said.


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  • Norman Lewis May 30, 2015
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    First, the device was reported on top of the vehicle, now, it is reported as in the muffler. I don't know about you but there should be no mistake as to where the scorch marks were. This is starting to sound like a carefully calculated "bomb" to get publicity with the story changing to match conditions.

  • Angie Cox May 29, 2015
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    good job detailing exactly how to do it so other teens can be so crazy now

  • Lee Roy May 29, 2015
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    I guarantee it was a plastic bottle (capped) with toilet cleaner and aluminum foil. I would also bet it was teenager who did it. What a blown out of proportion story, typical these days. Ignorant teen makes big news (again).

  • Donald Holder May 29, 2015
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    Well yeah, maybe the driver was planning in blowing up something else and forgot to take it off the roof before he drove off.

  • Chuck Justice May 28, 2015
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    As opposed to ACCIDENTLY placed on the vehicle?

  • Aanritsen Deur May 28, 2015
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    Don't know about Moneta Lane, but the picture is of a Ford Explorer.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 28, 2015
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    What in the world!?! Glad no one was hurt, but please find whomever did this before they do figure out how to actually hurt someone.

  • Sarcoi Dosis May 28, 2015
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    Is this the same Explosive as the one reported in Cary? "Moneta Lane in a Ford Explorer. He was about a mile from his house when a device exploded"
    or are the Unrelated??