Blackstone pipe-bombing targets principal's car

Damage to the vehicle’s grill, radiator and engine block. No one was injured in the incident at a home on Lakeshore Drive. (Blackstone Police photo)

A Jeep belonging to a high school principal, who is also a former Marine, was damaged by an explosive device.

Blackstone police said Friday that the explosion happened in front of a home on Lakeshore Drive. The Jeep's grille was damaged.

No one was injured, but Chief Ross Atstupenas said it did not appear to be a random act.

"The investigation thus far indicates that the resident was targeted, and there is nothing to suggest that this was a random act," police said in a news release. "There is not believed to be any danger to the community."

Police said they were called to the house at about 6:16 p.m. Thursday for a report of vandalism to a car. Police said the homeowner told them he heard a loud bang that shook his house and saw his car was damaged.

Because the owner of the property is Lucas Giguere, a principal at Bellingham High School, which is up the road from the scene, police officers were on patrol at the high school Friday morning when students arrived.

While no arrests have been made, the search is on for suspects and Giguere’s family is speaking out.

Oliver Giguere, who is Lucas’ father, said the incident shook him up.

“I’d be shaky too, you know? There goes my car, my truck. He loves that damn Jeep,” said Oliver, who lives next door. “I just heard the bang, BOOM!”

Residents described what they heard when the bomb went off in the usually quiet neighborhood.

“It was just a boom-like,” Rosalie Benoit said, adding that Lucas is “a very nice man. I’ve known his family for years and they’re very good people.”

Others agreed.

“I can’t imagine with his personality and the love people have for that man, I can’t imagine,” Phyllis Calvey said.

The same sentiments shared by colleagues and students at Bellingham High School, who saw extra police patrols on campus all day.

“I just hope it doesn’t happen again and everyone stays safe at the school and I think we’ll be able to do that. And I hope Mr. Giguere’s OK,” Diane Cabral, a student said.

Blackstone police said Bellingham police, Woonsocket police, the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting with the investigation.

Blackstone police asked any witnesses to call them at 508-883-1212. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online or by calling 508-876-5817 or 508-876-5TIP.

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