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UPDATE 12/14//12 @11:35 a.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The man convicted of trying to kill his wife by blowing up her car has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Last month a jury convicted Thomas Biederman, 51, of Russell, Ky., of criminal intent to commit murder and using a weapon of mass destruction.

During a hearing Friday in Boyd County Circuit Court, Biederman was officially sentenced to 20 years on each count to be served consecutively.

Biederman must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

No family members addressed the court before the sentence was read and Biederman showed no emotion as the judge sentenced him to the 40 years. Following the jury’s verdict last month, Biederman collapsed in court.

The incident happened inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011

Investigators say the blast happened after Biederman’s wife, Janie, got into her car and tapped the brakes. Janie suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene.



UPDATE 11/2/12 @ 2:52 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The man convicted of trying to kill his wife by blowing up her car could spend the next 40 years in prison.

The jury recommended that Thomas Biederman, 51, of Russell, Ky., be sentenced to 20 years on the weapon of mass destruction charge and another 20 years on the criminal intent to commit murder charge.

The two sentences would be served consecutively, which means Biederman could spend the next 40 years behind bars.

Biederman collapsed in the courtroom after hearing the verdict read aloud by the jury foreman.

Sentencing has been scheduled at 11 a.m. Dec. 7.



UPDATE 11/2/12 @ 2:10 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man just convicted of blowing up his wife's car, trying to kill her, collapsed after the reading of the verdict.

Thomas Biederman, 51, of Russell, was found guilty of using a weapon of mass destruction and criminal intent to commit murder.

The jury received the case about noon Friday and returned the verdict in about two hour Biederman's trial began last Wednesday.

The incident happened inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene.

The court will now move into the sentencing phase.

We have a crew in the courtroom. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 11/2/12 @ 1:30 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The case against a man accused of trying to kill his now ex wife by blowing up her car is now in the hands of the jury.

Closing arguments wrapped up Friday, and the jury was given the case about Noon.

Thomas Biederman, 51, of Russell, is charged with attempted murder and using a weapon of mass destruction.

The alleged incident happened inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011.

Investigators say the blast happened after Biederman’s wife, Janie, got into her car and tapped the brakes. Janie suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt. She testified that she still has difficulty hearing out of her left ear, a problem with one of her feet and some scaring on her hands.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene.

Defense Attorney Michael Curtis argued that the Biederman's had a good relationship overall and that Thomas loved his wife. Curtis also said that the information found on the home computer regarding how to build a bomb didn't match up to what was found in Janie Riggs; car.

"Did we see any video on the computer that was identical to the bomb that was made in this particular case? We didn't see that. Who had access to that computer? Well we heard testimony that it was a congestion where kids would come, it was not password protected, anyone could have access. Is that evidence that this man got on the computer? No," said Curtis.

Assistant Boyd Commonwealth’s Attorney Jason Greer brought out several displays showing the jury lists of how the defendant had the "means, motive and the opportunity" to commit this violent act.

"On July 28, 2011 a harsh, violent crime targeted Janie Biederman, an act that could have easily taken her life," argued Greer. "Who could have done this? The answer is clear, Thomas Biederman did it. He planned, researched and executed this violent attack."

"The Internet searches were done on the family computer located in the basement also where the defendant slept. The evidence shows the family computer had search terms, how to make a pipe bomb," continued Greer.

During the closing remarks Janie Riggs, Biederman’s now ex-wife, broke down and began to cry uncontrollably and had to leave the courtroom.

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UPDATE 11/1/12
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- It's the last thing you'd want to do, let alone on your birthday -- taking the stand to testify against your ex-spouse who's charged with trying to kill you. But, that's exactly what Janie Riggss did Thursday.

And in a real twist, her daughter was also there -- testifying for the defense.

"I turned and there was this BAM in my face," said Riggs.

What's probably the worst day in Janie Riggs' life was perilously close to being the last day of her life. In July of 2011, emergency crews in Ashland rolled up on an engine explosion and fire at a parking garage on Bath Avenue. It was Janie Riggs’ car. She escaped with burns on her arms and legs. She quickly called home to inform her husband.

Six months later ThomasBiederman was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

"Was he smart enough to do it? Yes. Did he have a temper? Absolutely. Would he do it to me? No," said Riggs

But as police and prosecutors built their case, Riggs’ faith in her former husband disintegrated.

"I looked at the evidence they gave me, and there's no doubt in my mind he did it," said Riggs.

The defensive strategy for Tom Biederman's attorney was to pit the testimony of one family member against another. Biederman's daughter, Jordan, described her father in a state of panic after hearing the news.

"Running stop lights, honking the horn, emergency lights on. He was doing everything he could to get there as fast as possible," said Jordan.

With obvious physical evidence showing someone planted a bomb in the car, the defense needs to maintain the whodunit part of this case.

"Did your dad dislike your mom so much that he'd try to kill her with a bomb?" asked the defense.

"No, sir. Absolutely not," answered Jordan.

If convicted, Thomas Biederman could go to prison for 40 years.

Thursday was the final day of testimony. Closing arguments begin Friday morning.

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UPDATE 11/1/12 @ 3:30 p.m.
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Testimony was wrapped up in the trial of a man from Russell, Ky who allegedly tried to kill his wife by blowing up her car.

Thomas Biederman is on trial in Boyd County Circuit Court.

The last two people to testify in the trial were Biedermans’ daughter who testified for her father, and his wife who testified for the prosecution.

Biederman’s daughter, Jordan, talked about their family life. She said they had a good family life and would do things together around the house but not so much as a family away from the house.

She also gave testimony as to how her father reacted to the news that her mom's car had exploded.

After a few questions the defense rested.

Thomas Biederman's attorney asked him if he wanted to testify in his own defense and Biederman responded with "no".

Earlier his wife, Janie, spent her 53rd birthday testifying that at first she couldn't imagine her husband trying to kill her.

"I couldn't imagine Tom doing something like this, was he smart enough to do it, yes. Would he do it to me? No. After looking at the evidence they have me there was no doubt in my mind he did it," said Janie.

Janie Biederman also talked briefly about several life insurance policies that were taken out on her and her husband. One was for $300,000 and the other was valued at $130,000.

Biederman, 51, is charged with attempted murder and using a weapon of mass destruction.

The alleged incident happened inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011.

Investigators say the blast happened after Biederman’s wife, Janie, got into her car and tapped the brakes. Janie suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt. She testified that she still has difficulty hearing out of her left ear, a problem with one of her feet and some scaring on her hands.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene.

The trial was recessed for the day and will return at 10:15 Friday morning for closing arguments.

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UPDATE 11/1/12 @ 12 p.m.
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The wife of Thomas Biederman took the stand today to testify against her husband for allegedly trying to kill her by blowing up her car.

Janie Biederman spent her 53rd birthday testifying that at first she couldn't imagine her husband trying to kill her.

"I couldn't imagine Tom doing something like this, was he smart enough to do it, yes. Would he do it to me? No. After looking at the evidence they have me there was no doubt in my mind he did it," said Janie.

Thomas Biederman, 51, of Russell, is charged with attempted murder and using a weapon of mass destruction.

The alleged incident happened inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011.

Investigators say the blast happened after Biederman’s wife, Janie, got into her car and tapped the brakes. Janie suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt. She testified that she still has difficulty hearing out of her left ear, a problem with one of her feet and some scaring on her hands.

Janie also talked briefly about several life insurance policies that were taken out on her and her husband. One was for $300,000 and the other was valued at $130,000.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene.

The trial is taking place in Boyd County Circuit Court.



UPDATE 10/29/12
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Prosecution testimony continued Monday in the trial of a man accused of trying to kill his wife by blowing up her car.

Thomas Biederman, 51, of Russell, is charged with attempted murder using a weapon of mass destruction.

The alleged incident happened inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011.

Investigators say the blast happened after Biederman’s wife, Janie, got into her car and tapped the brakes. Janie suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene.

Expert testimony continued in the trial Monday morning. We’re told Biederman’s wife could take the stand as a prosecution witness as early as Tuesday.

The trial is taking place in Boyd County Circuit Court.

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UPDATE 10/25/12
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The trial of a man accused of trying to kill his wife by blowing up her car resumed Thursday with the prosecution and defense giving their opening statements.

Thomas Biederman, 51, of Russell, is charged with attempted murder using a weapon of mass destruction.

The alleged incident happened inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011.

Investigators say the blast happened after Biederman’s wife, Janie, got into her car and tapped the brakes. Janie suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene.

Prosecutors said the investigation revealed evidence showing that two weeks prior to the bombing that the search history found on the defendant's computer showed several searches on how to make a pipe bomb.

The defense says the husband loves his wife and that the evidence collected doesn't point to the defendant. The tools collected from the garage didn't match the markings on the materials to make the bomb, according to the defense. The defense also states that the state didn't investigate the two unidentified men seen in the garage and near the victim's car the day of the bombing.

After a brief recess, prosecutors called their first witness, a Kentucky State Trooper with the explosive division.

Later Thursday, Michael Eggleston, with the ATF, testified that it was a weapon of mass destruction that was found.

"It was a bomb, the construction was 2 PVC pipes had been wired with a Christmas bulb then inserted into the braking system to go off," Eggleston said.

Biederman’s trial is taking place in Boyd County Circuit Court.

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UPDATE 10/24/12
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Jury selection is underway for a man from Russell, Ky. charged with allegedly trying to kill his wife using a pipe bomb.

In January, ATF agents and the Ashland Police Department arrested 51-year-old Thomas Biederman in connection with an explosion inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011.

Investigators say the blast happened after Biederman’s wife Janie got into her car and tapped the brakes. Mrs. Biederman suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene. She suffered only minor injuries.

Biederman’s trial is taking place in Boyd County Circuit Court.

Opening statements are expected to start early Wednesday afternoon.

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UPDATE 1/30/12
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A trial date has been set for a Russell, Ky. man charged with trying to kill his wife using a pipe bomb.

ATF agents and the Ashland Police arrested Biederman, 51, earlier this month in connection with an explosion inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011.

Last week, a Boyd County grand jury indicted him on the same charges.

Biederman was arraigned Friday. A judge set a June 25 trial date in the case. The judge also refused to reduce Biederman’s bail so he remains in the Boyd County Detention Center.

The blast happened after Biederman’s wife Janie got into her car and tapped the brakes. Mrs. Biederman suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene. She suffered only minor injuries.



UPDATE 1/24/12
CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A grand jury has indicted Thomas Biederman on charges of attempted murder and use of a weapon of mass destruction.

A Boyd county grand jury issued the indictment on Monday.

ATF agents and the Ashland Police arrested Biederman, 51, of Russell, last Thursday.

The indictment is in connection with an explosion inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28, 2011.

The blast happened after Biederman’s wife, Janie, got into her car, and tapped the brakes. Mrs. Biederman suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene. She suffered only minor injuries.

Commonwealth Attorney David Justice says Biederman’s bail has been upped to $150,000.

He is expected to arraigned on the charges Friday. He remains in the Boyd County Detention Center.

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UPDATE 1/20/12 @ 10:19 a.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Thomas Biederman has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of his wife and the use of a weapon of mass destruction, a pipe bomb, in connection with an explosion inside an Ashland parking garage on July 28.

ATF agents and the Ashland Police arrested Biederman, 51, of Russell, on Thursday. He was arraigned on the charges in Boyd County District Court Friday morning.

The blast happened after Biederman’s wife, Janie, got into her car, and tapped the brakes. Mrs. Biederman suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder at the scene.

Following the not guilty plea, Biederman’s bail was set at $100,000 cash. His preliminary hearing is for January 25

Mr. Biederman denies trying to kill his wife.

His maximum sentence if fully convicted is 40 years in prison.

Tom Biederman is in the Boyd County Jail.



UPDATE 1/19/12 @ 5:20 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- In a joint effort, federal ATF agents and the Ashland Police arrested Tom Biederman Thursday for the attempted murder of his wife.

The incident happened in the parking garage near the intersection of Bath Avenue and 12th Street on July 28.

Janie Biederman got into her car, tapped the brakes and a pipe bomb went off.

Mrs. Biederman suffered some cuts and bruises but was not severely hurt.

In a November WSAZ.com investigation, we sat down exclusively with Janie’s husband Thomas Biederman to talk about the case.

At the time he said he wasn't happy with the investigation.

He said the ATF wasn't doing enough to find the attempted murderer, and even had an idea on who he thought was responsible for the bombing.

Tom told WSAZ.com then; "A group of Jamaicans tied in with a Colombian drug cartel - asked me to go to a neighborhood park and have a shootout - they have threatened to bomb us."

Biederman was arrested at the ATF office at Ashland’s federal courthouse.

Now, along with attempted murder, the 51 year old from Russell is also charged with the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Mr. Biederman still denies trying to kill his wife.

“The lead investigator told my wife and kids that I was the one who did it period - I did not do it, we've never fought,” Mr. Biederman said.

ATF agent George Huffman did not comment on the ongoing investigation but said in criminal investigations they work from the inside out.

”We also look at means, motive and opportunity, and like I said, in that situation, Mr. Biederman fits all those categories,” agent Huffman said.

Tom Biederman told us if his wife's car's convertible top didn't dispel the explosion's force, she would have been killed.

Biederman now faces state charges.

His maximum sentence if fully convicted is 40 years in prison.

Tom Biederman is in the Boyd County Jail awaiting his arraignment.



UPDATE 1/19/12 @ 10:30 a.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Ashland Police and federal agents have made an arrest in an Ashland parking garage bombing from July.

Thomas Biederman, of Russell, the husband of the victim, was arrested Thursday morning at the ATF office in Ashland.

The incident happened in the parking garage near the intersection of Bath Avenue and 12th Street on July 28.

Janie Biederman got into her car, tapped the brakes and the bomb went off. She ended up with cuts, burns and bruises.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder.

Tom Biederman is charged with attempted murder and use of a weapon of mass destruction, a pipe bomb. Both are state charges.

Following his arrest, Biederman was taken to the Boyd County
Detention Center.

The arrest was a joint effort between the ATF and Ashland Police.

Federal charges could be filed at a later date and the investigation continues.

In November, Mr. Biederman said he believed the bombing was targeted. He says there are people he refuses to name who might be angry with him and retaliate through his wife. He even mentioned South American drug lords in that interview with WSAZ..

“We have guns in every room; we have to protect ourselves," said Tom Biederman said in the November interview. "We have to check for bombs.”

Also in November, ATF spokesman George Huffman told WSAZ his agency believes the car bombing was isolated and not a random crime. He added that in criminal investigations, investigators work from the inside out -- here, beginning with the victim's spouse.

“We also look at means, motive and opportunity," Huffman said. "And like I said, in that situation Mr. Biederman fits all those categories.“

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UPDATE 11/29/11 @ 7:55 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A WSAZ investigation has turned up new information on a frightening car bomb story we first reported in July.

You may remember the scene -- a car exploding in an Ashland parking garage on July 28. It happened at the parking garage near the intersection of Bath Avenue and 12th Street.

Janie Biederman of Russell, Ky., got into her car, tapped the brakes and the bomb went off. She ended up with cuts, burns and bruises.

Investigators say they found a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, wires and the smell of burning gun powder.

WSAZ continued to investigate, digging deeper for new information.

The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is the lead investigator in what was first called an attempted murder case. ATF officials believe the car bombing was isolated, not a random act of terrorism.

But Biederman's family says they are terrified -- scared from death threats by South American drug lords. They're also frightened by another possible bombing, as well as investigators treating the woman's husband as a suspect.

“We have guns in every room; we have to protect ourselves," said Tom Biederman, who is Janie Biederman's husband. "We have to check for bombs.”

Tom says his wife is lucky to be alive after her foot hit her soft top Mustang brake pedal.

“Had it not been a convertible, it probably would have killed her,” he said, referring to how the force of the blast was diverted through the top.

Tom’s convinced the ATF will never solve this case.

"They were trying to deceive us from the start,” he said.

Tom says when the ATF finally told them the bomb was hooked to the Mustang brake light, not the ignition, he found the brake light on his own vehicle also had been tampered with. He says somebody messed with it -- maybe tried to get both cars.

Tom says he found the spare Mustang key missing from its hide-a-key box. He also says he found more bomb fragments in the Mustang, adding that the ATF did nothing -- only to name him as the one and only car bombing suspect.

“The lead investigator told my wife and kids that I was the one who did it, period," Tom said. "I did not do it. We've never fought.”

ATF spokesman George Huffman said, “We have no suspects or persons of interest at this time.”

Huffman told WSAZ his agency believes the car bombing was isolated and not a random crime. He added that in criminal investigations, investigators work from the inside out -- here, beginning with the victim's spouse.

“We also look at means, motive and opportunity," Huffman said. "And like I said, in that situation Mr. Biederman fits all those categories.“

Tom says before the bombing he switched cell phones with a relative being scammed for money by a group of Jamaicans tied in with a Columbian drug cartel. He says they asked him to go to a neighborhood park and have a shootout -- that they have threatened to bomb his family.

The ATF says it can not comment on specifics in an ongoing investigation.

“This was a heinous and violent crime," Huffman said. "The person or persons responsible will be arrested and prosecuted and face the consequences for their actions.”

Tom believes the bombing was targeted. He says there are people he refuses to name who might be angry with him and retaliate through his wife. But he adds that the ATF brushed nearly all his threats and evidence off.

The ATF denies that, saying its team is covering the case in fine detail. And, investigators insist there is someone out there who has a vital piece of information to make a car bombing arrest.

If you have any information about the case, you are asked to call the ATF office in Ashland or Ashland Police.



UPDATE 8/3/11 @ 11:15 a.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Investigators are looking at a car explosion in Ashland last week as a possible “attempted murder” case. That word Wednesday from Ashland Police Lt. William Hensley.

The explosion happened late last Thursday afternoon inside a downtown parking garage.

Hensley says when the first officer got on the scene he noticed a PVC pipe, a detonation cap, some wires and the smell of burning gun powder.

Hensley says the victim of the blast was Janie Biederman of Russell, Ky.

The blast happened as Biederman got into her car and started it after getting off work at a neighboring office building.

Biederman was treated for cuts, burns and bruises.

Her husband tells WSAZ.com, she's burned and hurting, but will fully recover in time.

He also says the family has no idea who might have done this, and that they have no enemies.

Ashland Police, along with the ATF are working the case.

Hensley says police are expected to release more information next week.

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UPDATE 8/2/11 @ 2:30 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The investigation into a car explosion in an Ashland parking garage is on-going, according to an ATF spokesperson.

The explosion happened inside the parking garage at Bath Avenue and 12th Street about 4 p.m. on July 28. Police say it happened as a young woman was getting into her convertible sports car after work. As she started it, something inside the car exploded. The woman received minor scrapes and cuts.

George Huffman is with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Louisville Field Office. Huffman tells WSAZ.com there are no suspects at this time. He also says the agency is not prepared to release any details about the blast.

Huffman says anyone with information about the what happened is asked to call the ATF Office in Ashland at 606-329-0741.

Ashland Police said last week the explosion could have been intentional, but it could have also been a commercial item inside the car, like a can of aerosol hairspray.

Investigators have also not released the name of the woman who was injured.

The Kentucky State Police Hazardous Devices Unit and the Ashland Police Department are also part of the investigation team.



UPDATE 7/29/11 @ 11 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Drivers were being extra cautious before heading home for the weekend.

Shirley Arnett was cleaning shards of glass off her car Friday evening. It was parked in the spot directly next to the car that exploded Thursday afternoon.

"It's scary to think that my car was next to one that possibly had a bomb blow up," she said.

Those parked at the parking garage on 12th Street and Bath Avenue Thursday evening had to find another ride home. No one was allowed in the garage until the scene was cleared about 9 Friday morning.

Major Todd Kelly with the Ashland Police Department said Thursday night a young woman got in her convertible after work, and when she started it something inside the car exploded.

Police say the explosion could have been caused by a commercial item inside the car like a can of aerosol hairspray, but they haven't ruled out that it may have been a bomb.

Arnett says the explosion caused $1500 worth of damage to her car.

"We're parking our cars to go to work and come out, and then something like this happens,” she said. “It's very scary."

Some people who parked at the garage say they're concerned since it has no security guards or security cameras, if the explosion was intentional, it may be quite difficult to find whoever's responsible.

Brittany Spears lives in Coal Grove and works in Ashland. She says she was extremely nervous starting her car Friday evening.

"Often my husband will pick up the car with the kids. It could have been him, it could have been me, it could have been anybody, and it still could be anybody," she said.

Police say the explosion remains under investigation.

They say the woman in the car suffered minor injuries and is recovering.



UPDATE 7/29/11 @ 11:05 a.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) --Investigators are not releasing any new information on the car explosion in an Ashland parking garage Thursday afternoon.

The explosion happened about 4:00 p.m. at the parking garage on Bath Avenue and 12th Street.

Major Todd Kelly with the Ashland Police Department said Thursday night, that a young woman got in her convertible sports car after work, and when she started it something inside the car exploded.

The windows were busted out from the explosion. Kelley says the woman only received minor scrapes and cuts.

Police say the explosion could have been intentional, but it could have also been a commercial item inside the car -- like a can of aerosol hairspray.

Major Kelly released the following statement Friday morning, “The Ashland Police Department has no comments to make at this time on the incident. We are working with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (Ashland/Lexington Offices) and the Kentucky State Police Hazardous Devices Unit. The investigation is still in the preliminary stages and we will not be commenting through interviews. If any information is able to be shared, all agencies involved will provide it at the appropriate time.”

Calls to the ATF and Kentucky State Police have not been returned.

Earlier Friday morning, Ashland Police said drivers whose cars had been in the garage since the blast were now free to retrieve them.

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UPDATE 7/29/11 @ 8:51 a.m.
Ashland Police say drivers can now retrieve their vehicles from the parking garage.



UPDATE 7/28/11 @ 8:35 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The Ashland Police Department says the explosion of a car in an Ashland parking garage could have been caused by a bomb.

The explosion happened after 4:00 Thursday afternoon at a parking garage on Bath Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Ashland.

Police say the ATF and the Kentucky State Police bomb squad are on the scene at this time.

Officers say a young woman got in the car after work and when she started it, it exploded. Police say the car windows blew out.

The woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries: cuts, burns and bruises according to police.

Police say they are in the very beginning stages of this investigation -- that it's too early to tell if the woman was targeted or if this crime was random.

The garage will be shut down until at least Friday. Police say there are 20 or so vehicles in the garage that are currently being quarantined and checked for evidence.

There are no suspects at this time. The woman's name has not been released.

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UPDATE 7/28/11 @ 6:20
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A Kentucky State Police Investigative unit is heading to an Ashland parking garage where a car has exploded.

Ashland Police Major Todd Kelly says a young woman got in her convertible sports car after work, and when she started it something inside the car exploded.

The windows were busted out from the explosion. Kelly says the woman only received minor scrapes and cuts.

Police say the explosion could have been intentional, but it could have also been a commercial item inside the car -- like a can of aerosol hairspray.

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ORIGINAL STORY 7/28/11 @ 4:30 p.m.
ASHLAND Ky. (WSAZ) -- Firefighters are on the scene of a vehicle explosion in an parking garage near downtown Ashland.

The explosion happened inside the garage at Bath Avenue and 12th Street late Thursday afternoon.

Bath Avenue, in the area of the garage, has been closed.

An investigator told WSAZ, "you won't believe this one".

A police Special Response Team is now on the scene.

No word if there are any injuries.

We have a crew at the scene.

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