Victim was in car when explosive went off
Posted May 29, 2015
Apex, N.C. — In a 911 call Thursday afternoon, a man described the small explosion in his car that triggered hours of police activity, caused homes to be evacuated and detoured traffic in southwest Wake County.
"I had vandalization to my car. I guess you could say attempted murder, I don’t know,” Chase Curtis Farmer told dispatchers.
Police said he had just left his home in the Heritage at Park at West Lake subdivision when a small explosive detonated inside his muffler as he was driving.
In the course of their investigation, authorities determined that a small package in the man's SUV was intentionally placed there.
The explosion was so minor that the man suffered no serious injuries.
“I’m fine," he told the dispatcher. "I just bruised my toe. I mean, it went off so hard, my toe hit the bottom of my dashboard."
Stefan Mroczkiewicz, who lives in the subdivision, said the sound shook his house. "I looked out the window and saw there was a huge puff of smoke going down the street. I just assumed his car blew up."
Although the subdivision has an Apex mailing address, Cary police serve the area. Capt. Randall Rhyne said they wouldn't be releasing any additional information and had handed the investigation over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (the ATF).
"We want the public to know there's no public safety issue and we do believe it's an isolated incident," he said.