Explosive devices in Madison, IN, are 'direct threat' to criminal justice system

Explosive devices in Madison, IN, are 'direct threat' to criminal justice system

MADISON, IN (WAVE) - Officials in Madison, IN, on Thursday are reacting to the city's second detonation of an explosive device in less than two weeks.

A second one was detonated in the driveway of a judge in southern Indiana on Wednesday, investigators said.

It was the second time in nine days that investigators in Madison are looking into such incidents. On March 6, one detonated just across the street from City Hall there.

"We are taking it as a direct threat to our criminal justice system," Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. "We believe there are some consistencies (between the two incidents). We believe it's the same person."

Earlier Thursday, Thurston had distributed a news release that indicated his officers on Wednesday responded to a report of evidence of an explosion in the 100 block of Cherry Trace.

The Indiana State Police Explosive Ordinance Destruction team was called in and helped Madison police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department collect evidence.

Investigators also went door to door to ask neighbors if they knew anything about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Madison police at (812) 265-3347.

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