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Father hurt in blast identified as Mich. lawyer

MONROE, Mich. (AP) - A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says a car bomb caused a blast in Michigan that seriously injured a man and his two sons.

Authorities say the man who was injured is an area lawyer. Police released the name of Erik Chappell, 42. Chappell works for a Sylvania, Ohio-based firm that has an office in nearby Monroe. The firm declined to comment Wednesday.

The Monroe Police Department says in a statement that fire crews responded to the explosion around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday in Monroe near Interstate 75.

ATF spokesperson Donald Dawkins says agents have spoken with the Chappell. All three victims are listed in serious condition at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

A charred shell was all that remained of the vehicle. Police say the investigation is in its early stages in Monroe, located about 35 miles southwest of Detroit and 20 miles northeast of Toledo. Authorities are looking for clues about how the bomb was made and who might have planted it.

The ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest.

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