Crews respond to explosion outside Warren bar

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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – An explosion early Friday outside a Warren bar has neighbors on edge.

Robert Barker of Warren was inside his Summit Street S.W. apartment around 4 a.m. when he suddenly heard a loud explosion outside. At first, he thought it might have been gunshots.

“By the time I got down the steps, there was no one in sight, no cars. I don’t know who or what, but something obviously blew my truck up,” said Barker.

Warren firefighters, along with police and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, arrived on the scene. Officials said some type of explosive device was set off in the truck, which was sitting in the parking lot of the Summit Lounge.

Bar owner Ed Enslinger said nothing like this has ever happened at the bar before.

“They called me around 5 a.m. They said the truck windows blew out of the truck. I don’t know what happened to it, that was it,” said Enslinger. “I came down here and the fire department and the marshals were here.”

After the explosion, glass littered the ground around the truck and the windows were blown out. Pieces of plastic that may be from the explosive were found in the truck.

Barker said he is not sure why anyone would target him.

“I get along with everybody,” said Barker. “I think they got the wrong vehicle.”

ATF agents are now investigating. They are asking anyone with information to contact Warren police or call ATF investigators at 330-707-2300.

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