Updated: 06/25/2014 5:48 PM
Created: 06/25/2014 8:58 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
TROY - Police believe it was a homemade explosive device that went off inside a car just after 8 p.m. Tuesday night.
They say the force of the explosion could have seriously injured anyone passing by.
Police say something blew up inside a 1990 Jeep, shattering the windows and causing scorching inside and damage to the roof.
Kerry Wilson lives across the street, and was on the couch when he said he heard the boom.
“After that car exploded, every other car vacated the area and police taped off the whole area and everything. They were looking for fragments. They said there might be a secondary bomb. We were really terrified,” said Wilson.
Officers used bomb-sniffing dogs to make sure there were no other explosive devices in the area.
Another neighbor says he heard the explosion, looked out and saw smoke pouring from the car window, but no one around.
Police believe the explosive device was homemade. Investigators say it was not remotely set off, no timer, and not a pipe bomb.
Police say the jeep had been stolen Monday in Watervliet, and that they've located and already interviewed the registered owner.
There were no injuries, and that, officials say, was lucky.
“If somebody was walking by, they definitely could have been injured. I mean, the glass was out several feet. It was definitely a serious explosion,” warned Captain Dan DeWolf of Troy Police Department.
Genesis Webb walked by on Fifth Avenue on Wednesday with a baby in a stroller. She says there's a preschool very close to the site of the explosion and she's concerned.
“My kids, other kids, people that walk by. Anybody could have been hurt by that,” said Webb.