Device attached to high school principal's car explodes

An explosive device attached to the car of a Massachusetts high school principal's Jeep exploded Thursday in what police have called a targeted act.

Police said the device, believed to be a pipe bomb, was set on the grill of a silver Jeep sport utility vehicle parked outside a Blackstone, Mass., home. The explosion damaged the car's grill, radiator and engine block. 

NBC Boston reported the car belonged to Bellingham High School Principal Lucas Giguere. Police said an arriving officer met with a homeowner who said a "loud bang shook his home" before the man noticed the damage to his vehicle.

A post on the Bellingham, Mass., Public Schools Facebook page said an additional police presence was expected at the high school on Friday, "to ensure safety of our students and staff."

The Blackstone Police Department said in a statement the "resident" was targeted and that nothing suggests it was a random act. No one was injured. The case is under active investigation.

Blackstone Police Chief Ross Atstupenas said Giguere hadn't received any threats, reports NBC Boston. 

Oliver Giguere, Lucas Giguere's father, described the aftermath of the blast:

"I ran over and said, 'You alright?' he said. "He said, 'I'm okay, I'm all set dad.' I said, 'What's up?' He said, 'I think somebody hit me with a pipe bomb.'"

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