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Virginia Police Investigating Pipe Bomb That Blew Up Near Several Cars

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Authorities in Blacksburg, Va. are investigating after an improvised explosive device blew up near several parked cars early Wednesday morning, badly damaging one of them, WSLS-TV reported.

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Officers responded at approximately 2:50 a.m. after a citizen called 911 and reported hearing either a gunshot or an explosion.

Rich Marianos with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told the Associated Press a sports utility vehicle seems to have been targeted. The AP characterized the device as a pipe bomb.

No suspects were immediately identified and police do not have a motive, according to the AP. No one was hurt by the blast.

The location of the explosion is a short distance away from Virginia Tech, where a student gunman went on a shooting rampage in 2007, killing 32 people. Marianos said Wednesday's incident had nothing to do with the university.

According to WSLS, Virginia State Police, the FBI and ATF agents are assisting Blacksburg police with the investigation.

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