One post office employee has been confirmed injured after a pipe bomb blast went off at East Chicago Main Passport Post Office around 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Firefighters were the first to respond after receiving a call of a possible explosion at the post office at 901 E. Chicago Ave. in East Chicago, Indiana.
The East Chicago Fire Department Chief Francisco Mendez said in a press conference, "Right now the FBI, ATF, all the agencies are here, we’re investigating. I can confirm there was at least one detonation." He gave no indication if there were more than one explosions but there were bomb technicians busy sweeping the post office while he spoke. Although Mednez would not comment on the nature of the explosive, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported that another fire official confirmed there were two pipe bombs recovered from the post office. Two people were inside the building at the time of the blast but only one was injured. A third person was outside making deliveries and said he had thought the post office was closed when he heard the explosion.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ATF Chicago Field Div special agents are on scene of reported explosion at post office in East Chicago, IN to provide assistance, expertise <a href="https://t.co/09fWPfeXvO">pic.twitter.com/09fWPfeXvO</a></p>— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) <a href="https://twitter.com/ATFHQ/status/905610558648578048">September 7, 2017</a></blockquote>
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A resident in the area interviewed by ABC 7 Chicago named Akeyla Meyers said, "A bomb? That's really scared. It makes you wonder if it was like a terrorist attack." The injured postal employee was a newly-fired female and a coworker at the post office said she was pregnant as well. The injured worker was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and the United States Postal Service, as well as East Chicago police and fire officials are all investigating the crime.
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