August 29, 2013

Ithaca Police Launch Criminal Investigation After ‘Small Explosion’ Occurs at Wegmans

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Ithaca Police are investigating who may have caused a small explosion that occurred inside Wegmans early Wednesday evening.

At approximately 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, a husband and wife using a can recycling machine inside Wegmans’ lobby were injured when the machine exploded. Upon arriving on the scene, IPD, the Ithaca Fire Department and Bangs Ambulance found the husband and wife received minor to moderate injuries in their upper torso area and hands.

The explosion was contained to the immediate area around the can recycling machine, according to the IPD.

Emergency responders transported the injured couple to a local hospital for treatment. Wegmans remained open Wednesday evening as security officials redirected customers trying to enter the store to another entrance.

Police launched a criminal investigation into the incident, saying that, as of Thursday, they had ruled out that the machine exploded due to a malfunction.

Earlier, on Wednesday, police said that while the cause of the explosion was still unknown, they did not suspect a chemical or biological agent was used to set off the explosion.

Original Author: Akane Otani