Police and federal ATF agents Friday were investigating how an explosive device got into or onto an SUV and detonated Thursday afternoon on a subdivision street, officials said.
The incident happened about 3:10 p.m. while a Ford Explorer was driving on Glade Hill Drive, a subdivision street off Optimist Farm Road that is assigned an Apex mailing address.
“We’re confident it was an isolated incident,” town spokeswoman Carrie Roman said.
“We’re working with the ATF” to pin down details about the device and how it was detonated as well as who may have placed it there, Roman said.
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Authorities had not definitively determined if the device was on top of the car or inside it, she said.
ATF is the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
No one was hurt, and the Explorer was able to be driven away, Roman said.
The driver called 911 to report the incident, telling a dispatcher, “I had vandalization to my car – I guess you could call it attempted murder.”
Police and federal agents remained on the scene into the night.
Police searched the area for any additional devices as a precaution before ruling the explosion an isolated incident, Roman said.