ATF probes truck blast

WARREN – Federal agents were helping local police and firefighters investigate the origin of an explosive device that blew the windows out of a pickup truck parked alongside the Summit Lounge early Friday.

No damage was reported to the bar, but shards of glass were thrown at least 75 feet from the blast about 4:15 a.m., according to police.

Warren police identified the owner of the damaged silver 2000 Dodge Dakota truck as Robert Barker, 41, 764 Summit St. N.W., who said he and his girlfriend heard what sounded like a gunshot about the time of the explosion.

Barker lives next door to the Summit Lounge and the vehicle was parked in the easternmost front portion of the lot, beneath a support for a billboard.

Authorities found a piece of concrete inside the seating area of the truck that was apparently used to knock a hole in the driver’s side window. An explosive device that appeared to be wrapped in duct tape had been tossed inside the vehicle.

Edward Ensinger, whose Summit Lounge was closed at the time of the blast, said glass was thrown throughout the parking lot.

Police were called by residents who reported the loud noise. Firefighters also called in an investigator with the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

Bob Miller, resident agent in charge with the federal bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, said he couldn’t discuss details of the case, but anyone with information on the explosion is asked to call the ATF at 330-707-2300, or Warren police.