One person was injured this morning when a bomb went off in a car in the southeast Des Moines suburb of Altoona. Altoona Police Chief John Gray says his department was called about an explosion around 6:15 this morning.
Gray says officers discovered that an “explosive device” went off inside a vehicle, and one person was injured. Gray says the person has since been treated and released. Gray says they aren’t identifying the victim yet. Gray says they’re not sure yet what type of device was used in the explosion. He says the device was strong enough to damage a lot of the glass in the vehicle. Chief Gray says federal and local officials are trying to find out exactly what happened.
Gray says the Des Moines police bomb squad is helping, as is the A-T-F, and he says they’re “going through everything with a fine-tooth comb.” Gray says at this point they don’t know of any threats against the victim or reasons someone might want to harm the person.
Gray says they’re not aware of anything at this time and they’re looking at all the various angles. Gray says a car-bomb is quite unusual for the town of just over 10-thousand that’s mostly known for its the horse-track casino and amusement park.