Device detonates under car in NE DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- An early morning report of fireworks being set off in a northeast DC neighborhood brought the Metropolitan Police Department's bomb squad to the scene to investigate on Tuesday.

MPD first responded to the area of the 1000 block of 49th Street NE for a report of a boom in the area just at approximately 2:38 a.m. Police say the department's Explosive Ordinance Division and canine units were immediately dispatched.

According to police, their initial investigation indicates someone placed a pyrotechnic device under a vehicle parked on the street. A WUSA9 photojournalist at the scene says bomb-sniffing dogs were used to check out a sedan with firefighter association tags in the area, which appears to have had a door panel blown off. Police say the device detonated and damaged the vehicle, which was not occupied at the time.

No injuries have been reported.

The incident is under investigation by the department's arson task force. Police say it appears the person was targeted.

No other hazardous materials were located at the scene.

Right now 49th St remains blocked by the police response. Follow officers' direction around the incident scene.

Stay tuned to WUSA9 and WUSA9.COM for updates on this developing story.


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