A residential neighborhood in Bedford, Texas, was rocked by an explosion Wednesday evening, which closed a local bridge. Authorities discovered and subsequently detonated a second live device at the scene. Police, assisted by federal agents found something at the scene which led to a “person of interest” being arrested nearby. Details are still developing Thursday.
Explosion rocks quiet town
The quiet Texas town of Bedford was rocked by an explosion “so loud that several people living nearby heard it and immediately called 911.” That happened right around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Police soon learned that “a device exploded at a small bridge on Forest Ridge Drive just north of Texas 183 near Bedford Road.”
Diligent law enforcement officers quickly located a second “device” which was neutralized by a team of experts. “Northeast Explosive Response Team was called in and a decision was made to intentionally detonate the second device.” They lit it off around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
Developing story overnight…police say a device exploded at this bridge on Forest Ridge Dr in Bedford Wednesday evening. No one was hurt but second device was found. Bridge is still blocked off. A person of interest has been detained. More details live @ 5:30 on @NBCDFW pic.twitter.com/d8MyXxhHtX
— Alanna Quillen (@AlannaNBC5) April 8, 2021
Thankfully, “no one was hurt” in either explosion. The bridge was immediately closed to traffic, causing confusion for local residents.
The investigation didn’t take long to uncover something pointing in the direction of a particular suspect. “Police and federal agents have detained a person of interest.” According to local reporters, “while that was happening, Bedford police were working with federal agents to find out who put the devices there.”
Whatever it was that they found led police to “he Logan Apartments on Sierra Springs Drive,” which happens to be “a walking distance from the bridge” where the explosion occurred.
Bridge closed for inspection
“Around 3 a.m. today, the Bedford SWAT team took custody of a male suspect without incident who was wanted in connection with detonating an unknown explosive device near a drainage culvert under Forest Ridge Drive just before 5 p.m. yesterday,” Bedford Police tweeted.
Around 3 a.m. today, the Bedford SWAT team took custody of a male suspect without incident who was wanted in connection with detonating an unknown explosive device near a drainage culvert under Forest Ridge Drive just before 5 p.m. yesterday, April 7: https://t.co/28LMsb3jBY pic.twitter.com/okMYkyNM6j
— Bedford TX Police (@BedfordTXPD) April 8, 2021
Chief Williams later issued a statement that “he doesn’t think the man was trying to hurt anyone.” Even so, Forest Ridge Drive, between L. Don Dodson and Bedford Road, will remain closed due to the explosion, “until a structural engineer has determined the roadway is safe for vehicles.” It is currently expected to re-open around noon Thursday local time.