Sylvania attorney Erik Chappell and his two sons were seriously injured when their car exploded on September 20, 2011. ATF and Monroe Police later determined the explosion was the result of a bombing. (Source: Monroe Evening News)
A large scorch mark was visible for months on Elm Street near I-75 in Monroe where the bomb exploded.
Chappell’s vehicle was completely destroyed by the explosion and subsequent flames.
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Two years after a Monroe man and his two sons were seriously injured when their car exploded, law enforcement has yet to make an arrest in the case.
Erik Chappell was driving his sons Cole and Grant to football practice on the evening of September 20, 2011 when a bomb placed under or inside the car was detonated. The vehicle erupted into flames. Chappell, himself injured, pulled his sons from the vehicle and called 911. All three were hospitalized in serious condition, but eventually recovered.
"You could just smell burning rubber and plastic and gasoline in the air," said Shawn Remington, a witness and amateur photographer. "When I arrived the car was smoldering and burnt literally to the ground."
A portion of Elm Street near I-75 in Monroe County was charred for months after the explosion.
The United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was brought in to handle the case.
"It was a serious blast," said ATF agent Donald Dawkins. "It was dangerous. It had a lot of power behind it, and the victims are very fortunate and very blessed to be alive."
The ATF will hold a press conference on Friday to release new information about the bombing. Agent Dawkins says ATF will display a model of the bomb used, discuss how it was made and what substances it contained, as well as display the type of trigger and radio controller used to detonate the bomb.
Mr. Chappell will also be in attendance at the news conference, which will be held in Detroit.
Stay with Toledo News Now for complete coverage of Friday's news conference.