IED explodes in Williamsburg parking lot

IED explodes in Williamsburg parking lot”

Stephen Powers of Gloucester, Va., was arrested at his home by the Williamsburg Police Department Friday and has been charged with possession of using an explosive device and committing an act of terrorism, according to a department press release.

Police in Virginia have arrested a man on charges of terrorism and detonating an explosive in Williamsburg near William & Mary.

The parking lot is located in an area surrounded by restaurants and businesses.

The Williamsburg police and fire departments responded to what was initially reported as a vehicle fire, Riley said.

When first responders arrived, they discovered the cause of the explosion was an IED. "While the investigation is continuing, there is no indication of any ongoing threat".

Williamsburg Police will send out a notice when the road is reopened, Riley said.

The device was found Thursday night in a parking lot.

Police believe this was an isolated incident.

Police said Williamsburg Police, Colonial Williamsburg Public Safety, James City County, Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, as well as federal authorities participated in the investigation.

Police say that investigators and law enforcement worked into the early hours of Friday morning and throughout the day, gathering information into who was responsible for putting an explosive device at the intersection of South Boundary St. and Francis St.

This story will be updated.

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