Police Investigate Fredericksburg ATM Explosion

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Police are investigating an explosion that damaged an ATM at a Fredericksburg bank.

Fredericksburg police say an employee of the Virginia Credit Union discovered the damage at the drive-through Wednesday morning. A resident of a nearby apartment complex also reported hearing an explosion a few hours earlier that was strong enough to set off car alarms in the area.

Surveillance video confirmed that someone placed an explosive device at the base of the ATM around 4 a.m. A police bomb-sniffing dog later gave an indication of something suspicious at a trash receptacle behind the bank, prompting an evacuation of the bank and six neighboring apartments. Police declared the area clear about four hours later, and employees and residents were allowed to return.


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