Man says someone threw explosive at Giles County home; Investigation underway

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Photo: WKRN

GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Giles County man was rocked out of bed after he said someone threw an explosive device at his home.

It happened at a home on Speiden Road around 9 p.m. Friday in rural Giles County. The victim, who did not want to be identified, was not hurt.

He told News 2 he was just falling asleep when he heard a tremendous boom.

“I was lying down, fell asleep and there was a loud explosion that woke me up. There was a truck going out the driveway, it was dark. I don’t know the purpose of it,” the 46-year-old said.

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Photo: WKRN

The father of one said he got up, barefooted, and walked through shards of glass. He said he was able to pry open his front door just in time to see the full-size pickup truck with a bad engine drive away.

His home is now left in shambles. Two front windows were blown out, his front door was shattered and the foundation was cracked.

A chunk of the stoop was also destroyed and the owner said the blast launched hunks of concrete into his home.

“It [blew] everything off the walls inside,” he said. “It [blew] stuff everywhere through the house. It did some major damage.”

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He added he thinks a flammable liquid was thrown at the porch.

“That’s what I think it was,” he said.

According to the man, the explosion was felt a half-mile away.

“They felt it two hollers over there,” he said pointing.

He also told News 2 he believes the incident was a message for some theft issues happening in the community.

“We’ve had stuff stolen here,” he said. “My neighbors have had stuff stolen and I’m thinking that is what this is about.”

The Giles County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working the case.

Investigators would not comment on the cause or a possible motive. The ATF has since collected samples and is having them tested.

The victim added the case is being treated as an attempted murder.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Giles County Sheriff’s Department at 931-363-2460.