Person Dies in Ill. Explosion
May. 28, 1998
DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ An explosion in a garage killed one person Thursday, four days after a bomb exploded during a church service in this east-central Illinois community.
It was not known if the latest explosion was caused by a bomb or if it was connected to Sunday's blast at the First Assembly of God Church, said Jerry Singer, special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Chicago.
Singer knew of no other injuries in the late-afternoon explosion.
Singer, interviewed by telephone while on his way to Danville, said ATF agents were already on the scene.
``At this point, we're trying to determine if it's related at all to the church bombing,'' Singer said. ``But it's too early.''
City police refused to comment.
The bomb Sunday ripped a 10-by-15-foot hole in the church building, injuring 33 people. There have been no arrests.
That bombing was the second at a Vermilion County church in less than six months. The earlier bombing, Dec. 30 outside the Oakwood United Methodist Church in nearby Oakwood, killed a church volunteer who moved a package containing the bomb.
Authorities have said they have not established a link between those bombs.