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'Targeted' Explosion Damages Vehicle at Bellingham, Mass. High School Principal's Home

No arrests have been made in the investigation, in which the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are participating

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    'Targeted' Explosion Outside High School Principal's Home

    Upon arrival, the homeowner, identified by police and neighbors as Bellingham High School Principal Lucas Giguere, told officers that he had heard a loud bang that shook his home. He then noticed extensive damage to his vehicle.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 17, 2017)

    What to Know

    • A preliminary investigation determined that the vehicle had been damaged by an explosive device that resembled a pipe bomb.

    • Police believe the homeowner, identified by police and neighbors as Bellingham High School Principal Lucas Giguere, was targeted.

    • Bellingham school district officials say there will be more police at the high school Friday due to the ongoing investigation.

    Police said they are investigating a "targeted" incident where a homemade explosive device resembling a pipe bomb damaged a vehicle parked outside a Massachusetts home belonging to a local high school principal.

    Police said officers responded to a home on Lakeshore Drive in Blackstone shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday for a report of possible vandalism to a vehicle.

    Images: Principal's Jeep Damaged in 'Targeted' ExplosionImages: Principal's Jeep Damaged in 'Targeted' Explosion

    Upon arrival, the homeowner, identified by police and neighbors as Bellingham High School Principal Lucas Giguere, told officers that he had heard a loud bang that shook his home. He then noticed extensive damage to his vehicle.

    A preliminary investigation determined that the vehicle had been damaged by an explosive device that resembled a pipe bomb.

    Further investigation by local, state and federal authorities indicated that Giguere was targeted and the incident was not random. Police said the public is not in any danger.

    Police say they believe the home of Bellingham High School Principal Lucas Giguere was targeted after an explosion outside of his home.
    Photo credit: Bellingham Bulletin

    "I want to stress first and foremost that we do not believe that there is any danger to the community and that this does not appear to have been a random act," Blackstone Police Chief Ross Atstupenas said.

    He also said Giguere had not received any threats.

    Police Chief Provides Update on Explosion Outside HomePolice Chief Provides Update on Explosion Outside Home

    The police chief in Blackstone, Massachusetts provides an update on the explosion that damaged a vehicle outside a home Thursday night.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 17, 2017)

    No one was injured in the explosion.

    Giguere's father, Oliver Giguere couldn't believe what he heard or what he saw.

    "I ran over and said, 'You alright?' said Oliver Giguere. "He said, 'I'm okay, I'm all set dad.' I said, 'What's up?' He said, 'I think somebody hit me with a pipe bomb.'"

    "There was a big hole in the generator," he added. "Juice was running out and I said, 'Wow, this is crazy.' I couldn’t believe it."

    Neighbor Phyllis Calvey, who said her grandkids go to the school, was in disbelief over the incident.
    "I can't even imagine with his personality and the love people have for that man," she said. "I just can't imagine anyone who would target that man."

    "I can't even imagine with his personality and the love people have for that man," said neighbor Phyllis Calvey. "I just can't imagine anyone who would target that man."

    Vehicle Damaged by Explosion Outside of HomeVehicle Damaged by Explosion Outside of Home

    A police investigation is underway in Blackstone, Massachusetts, after an explosion damaged a vehicle in front of a home Thursday night.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 17, 2017)

    "I know he seems to be a very nice person I wouldn't expect that anyone would do him harm," said neighbor Rosalie Benoit.

    The Bellingham School District said there would be additional police presence at the high school on Friday. "The safety of students and staff is our number one priority," the district said in a statement. All classes and activities are proceeding as normal.

    "I just hope it doesn’t happen again and everyone can stay safe at the school," said Bellingham High School senior Diane Cabral. "And I hope Mr. Giguere is okay, our principal."

    Active Investigation Underway in BlackstoneActive Investigation Underway in Blackstone

    Police are investigating "an isolated incident" in Blackstone, Massachusetts.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 17, 2017)

    Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area is urged to contact the Blackstone Police Department at 508-883-1212 or submit an anonymous tip by calling 508-876-5TIP.

    The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and several other area police departments are assisting in the investigation.

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    Police say they did collect some evidence from the scene, but so far there have been no arrests.


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