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D.C. Blast Believed to Be Pipe Bomb

July 13, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ An explosion Friday in a city parking garage appeared to be caused by a pipe bomb but was not believed to be an act of terrorism, police said.

A 21-year-old man who apparently was trying to start a car was injured and taken to a hospital, the police said.

``We don’t know a motive. It does not appear to have any relationship to terrorism,″ said Charles H. Ramsey, chief of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department.

``It definitely has remnants of what we believe was a pipe bomb of some kind,″ Ramsey said. ``We don’t know how it was detonated.″

Police would not release the victim’s name, but The Washington Post identified him as Wright Sigmund, a student at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and the son of a prominent Washington businessman.

Sigmund’s mother, Claire Phillips of Dallas, told the Post her son has been living in Washington for the summer and was borrowing his father’s car to run an errand. The father, Donald Sigmund, is listed as president and founder of Wolf & Cohen Financial Services and has an office in the building where the explosion occurred, the newspaper said.

Evacuations were ordered within a two-block radius, including a shopping mall, offices and numerous restaurants along Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest Washington near the Maryland border. The explosion was about five miles from the White House.

Ramsey said evidence recovered made the incident ``appear to be more of a personal type of thing.″

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