Police See Foul Play in Neighborhood-Destroying Blast

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Nov. 20 2012 10:05 AM

Police See Possible Foul Play in Mysterious, Neighborhood-Destroying Explosion

The mysterious and massive late-night explosion in an Indianapolis neighborhood earlier this month that left two dead and a large swath of a subdivision in rubble is now being investigated as a homicide, local authorities announced last night.

While city officials gave reporters few details on the investigation beyond its new classification as a homicide investigation, suspicion appears to be focusing on a mysterious white van spotted by neighbors just prior to the explosion, according to CNN. While the house where the Nov. 10 blast originated was empty at the time it went off, the explosion killed a husband and wife next door and flattened several neighboring homes. The subsequent blaze, which required at least 60 firefights to extinguish, damaged dozens of nearby homes as well.


Authorities believe that natural gas was involved in the explosion. The home owners had recently fixed a problem related to their house's furnace, according to the Associated Press. But those living nearby the blast site have focused on the possibility that the explosion was no accident, something that authorities apparently now believe might be worth looking in to.

Here's the AP with more:

...[Doug] Aldridge, [who heads the neighborhood crime watch], said he and other residents frequently saw a white van parked outside the home, though he didn't know who owned it. He said residents are angry and upset but that he expects most of them to stay in the neighborhood.
"Everyone had their suspicions," said Chris Sutton, who lives a street away from the blast site. "It's kind of scary that someone might set off a gas explosion," he added. "It's really scary."

There's a $10,000 reward from federal authorities for information related to the blast.


Frame Game

Hard Knocks

I was hit by a teacher in an East Texas public school. It taught me nothing.

Chief Justice John Roberts Says $1,000 Can’t Buy Influence in Congress. Looks Like He’s Wrong.

After This Merger, One Company Could Control One-Third of the Planet's Beer Sales

Hidden Messages in Corporate Logos

If You’re Outraged by the NFL, Follow This Satirical Blowhard on Twitter

Sports Nut

Giving Up on Goodell

How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.

How Can We Investigate Potential Dangers of Fracking Without Being Alarmist?

My Year as an Abortion Doula       

  News & Politics
Sept. 15 2014 8:56 PM The Benghazi Whistleblower Who Might Have Revealed a Massive Scandal on his Poetry Blog
Sept. 15 2014 7:27 PM Could IUDs Be the Next Great Weapon in the Battle Against Poverty?
Atlas Obscura
Sept. 16 2014 8:00 AM The Wall Street Bombing: Low-Tech Terrorism in Prohibition-era New York
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 15 2014 11:38 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 4  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Listen."
Brow Beat
Sept. 15 2014 8:58 PM Lorde Does an Excellent Cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 7:36 AM The Inspiration Drought Why our science fiction needs new dreams.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 16 2014 7:30 AM A Galaxy of Tatooines
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.