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Explosive device detonates near unoccupied St. Paul squad car

No injuries were reported.

An explosive device detonated near an unoccupied St. Paul police squad car Wednesday night not far from the Minnesota State Capitol. 

An officer parked in the Sears parking lot off of Marion Street hear a loud explosion just before midnight Wednesday and saw smoke billowing in an apartment building parking lot across the street at 280 Ravoux St., St. Paul PD spokesperson Mike Ernster told Bring Me The News. 

The officer drove to the scene and noticed the explosion seemed to have happened "at or very close to" an unoccupied squad car that was parking in the lot. 

No injuries were reported and the squad sustained minor damage.  

The St. Paul PD bomb squad and the forensic services unit responded. Preliminary information indicates a device detonated near or possibly under the squad car, which is normally parked in the lot and is associated with the PD's community outreach program that works with the public housing properties in the city. 

Investigators are working to determine what the device was and who is responsible. No arrests have been made.  

The FBI is also assisting in the investigation.

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