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Police: Improvised explosive device detonated near Colonial Williamsburg

Police are working to find who is behind an improvised explosive device that was detonated around 5 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot located at the intersection of South Boundary Street and Francis Street. (Steve Roberts Jr./WYDaily)
Police are working to find who is behind an improvised explosive device that was detonated around 5 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot located at the intersection of South Boundary Street and Francis Street. (Steve Roberts Jr./WYDaily)

Police are working to find who is behind an improvised explosive device that was detonated around 5 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot located at the intersection of South Boundary Street and Francis Street, according to the Williamsburg Police Department.

According to a release sent out by the Williamsburg Police Department, an initial call came in as a vehicle fire. After units arrived, the cause of the fire was confirmed to be an improvised explosive device.

No one was injured, according to Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley.

The incident is under investigation by the Williamsburg Police Department along with the help of the Williamsburg Fire Department, Colonial Williamsburg Security, Newport News Police, Virginia State Police, as well as the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Riley said.

The area of Francis Street between South Boundary Street and South Henry Street will be closed to car and foot traffic while the investigation is ongoing. Officials say they will send out a notice when the roadway has re-opened.

If anyone has any information on the incident they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or the Williamsburg Police Department at 757-220-2331.

Previously

Police investigate possible explosive device near Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg police were called to a parking lot at the intersection of S. Boundary Street and Francis Street around 5 p.m. Thursday for reports of “a possible explosive device,” according to Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department.

Williamsburg Police, Fire and Colonial Williamsburg Public Safety were still on the scene at 8:45 p.m. waiting for “additional assets” to help make a determination about the nature of the device, Riley said.

Williamsburg police were called to a parking lot at the intersection of S. Boundary Street and Francis Street around 5 p.m. Thursday evening for reports of a possible explosive device. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Williamsburg police were called to a parking lot at the intersection of S. Boundary Street and Francis Street around 5 p.m. Thursday evening for reports of a possible explosive device. (Courtesy Google Maps)

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