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Bomb filled with nails explodes at Selma housing complex

Crime scene tape surrounds a Selma apartment complex where a bomb exploded early Wednesday...
Crime scene tape surrounds a Selma apartment complex where a bomb exploded early Wednesday morning.
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 12:03 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 7:05 PM EDT
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SELMA, Ala. (WSFA) - An investigation is underway after an early morning explosion rocked a Selma housing complex, causing damage but no injuries.

“It was clearly deliberate and pre-meditated,” said Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson who said the incident happened around 4 a.m. at the Rangedale Housing Complex, located off Marie Foster Street.

Jackson said the explosive device was filled with nails when it detonated after someone threw it from a moving vehicle onto the porch of an apartment.

“Fortunately, no one was injured,” Jackson said. “Gangs do all kinds of things to inflict pain on people. Now whether this is gang related or not, it’s too early to tell,” he added.

The device shredded part of the apartment entrance and scattered debris in the front yard.

“I thought it was thunder but when I looked outside and saw the smoke, I knew it wasn’t thunder. It was scary,” said Tiffanie Walker, who lives within 100 yards of the apartment where a bomb went off.

A number of law enforcement agencies, including members of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, combed the scene through the day, looking for evidence as to who made the bomb and why.

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