ATF investigating several leads, asking public for help in car bombing - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

ATF investigating several leads, asking public for help in car bombing

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - A federal agent in the investigation of a West Memphis car explosion that left the state medical board chairman critically injured is asking anyone with information to call authorities. Austin Banks of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the ATF is following several leads in the Wednesday morning blast in the driveway of family physician Trent Pierce.

The special agent said anyone who remembers seeing or hearing anything -- however slight -- in the neighborhood the day before or day of the explosion should call the ATF's toll-free number. Banks says someone may have heard something that might not seem important to them but it might be important to the investigation. Materials collected at the blast site have been sent to the agency's lab. Banks says it is too early to say if the explosive device was made by someone experienced with bombs.

Pierce remained in critical condition today at a hospital in Memphis. More surgery was scheduled for him. He lost one eye and suffered broken bones and burns. Investigators also are looking over state medical board cases for any leads.

The toll free number is 1-888-283-2662 or 1-888-ATF-BOMB.

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