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Victim was in car when explosive went off

Posted May 29, 2015

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— 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.


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  • Pat Demby May 31, 2015
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    Not really. They moved here, not the other way around.

    But, let's not let the truth drown out your smug and self righteousness. Typical nose in the the air liberal Yankee.

    But fret not, they/you will turn it into the place the fled from and will in turn flee from here once it is ruined. Rinse and repeat. The plague that is liberals.

  • Doug Smallen May 31, 2015
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    How can you place explosives "inside" a muffler without taking it off!

  • Norman Lewis May 31, 2015
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    First, the "device" was reported on the roof of the vehicle, then it was in the muffler. If you are going to report a story, get the facts straight first. There could be no possible confusion over the source of the "explosion". This was either a prank or an attempt to get attention. No professional would make such a huge mistake in planning for explosive yield. No reason an individual with no apparent political value would be targeted. Smells funny.

  • Lisa Menendez May 30, 2015
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    Why is this story so major? Oh, it's in Cary so we need to see the same everyday.

  • David Crabtree May 30, 2015
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    I guess the muffler worked.

  • Pat Demby May 30, 2015
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    Pretty weak 'explosion'. But, its Cary, so it'll get talked about until kingdom come.

  • Scott Householder May 30, 2015
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    Man, what is this world coming to? It sounds like the ol' potato in the exhaust pipe trick. It was all fun and games in the 80's & 90's. Now it appears to be a federal crime.... Good grief.

  • Kristin Byrne May 29, 2015
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    Actually, if you read to the end of the article, you'll see that the ATF has been given the case. This is out of local hands.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 29, 2015
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    Glad no one was hurt. This is starting to sound more like inane teens than a deliberate attempted murder.
    I remember when we were teens, hearing about others sticking apples and tomatoes into people's mufflers. Not sure what happened when they went off.