TRENTON (WWJ) – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for leaving two explosive devices in Trenton.

ATF Special Agent Donald Dawkins said one explosive device was discovered at the Trenton High School and another device was discovered at the Trafford Square Shopping Center. Dawkins said they want to catch whoever is responsible before anyone gets hurt.

“We don’t know who’s making them or why they’re making them. Certainly, if they continue to do it [the explosives] could become more powerful and more powerful. We’re talking about the loss of eyes, limbs, digits in the fingers, anything like that. We don’t know what’s going on, but certainly we need to find out who’s responsible for it,” Dawkins said.

On April 29, the Trenton Police Department (TPD) and the Wayne County Airport Bomb Squad responded to Trenton High School after a suspected explosive device was found on the premises. The device was detonated the same day.

Then, on May 4, ATF, Michigan State Police and TPD responded to Trafford Square Shopping Center located at Van Horn Road and Fort Square, to investigate an explosive device that was located under a small tree.

Although no one was injured in either incident, Dawkins said that should not distract from the severity of the situation.

“Well, anytime you have explosive devices they’re dangerous. And certainly the one that detonated, if someone was within, you know, a reasonable distance to it, they could have got seriously injured,” Dawkins said.

Currently, there are no suspects in this investigation. Authorities want you to contact them if you think you have any information, regardless how simple in detail, that could help investigators.

“Any information that leads to, of course, identification and successful prosecution of any of the person or persons that are responsible, you know,  you have to get through the whole process, but if we get information that leads to successful prosecution, then they can collect the reward that way,” Dawkins said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB or the TPD at (734) 676-3737.


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