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Madison Police investigating 2 explosions they say targeted the justice system

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MADISON, Ind. (WDRB) -- For the second time in less than two weeks, a bomb exploded in Madison, Indiana Wednesday.

The first explosion happened across the street from the Madison Police Department. Now, police are saying the two incidents were connected and they're trying to find out who is responsible.

"I just heard a real loud explosion," said Evan Hensley, bombing victim.

The explosion Hensley heard early Wednesday morning was one of the homemade bombs.

"Right down in this area was where it was found," he said.

The black mark in the driveway of the home on Cherry Trace in Madison is where the bomb exploded.

"It is scary because you don't know what kind of person is capable of this," said Hensley.

Police don't know who left the bomb but believe they do know why the home was targeted.

"The residence was that of a local Jefferson County judge," said Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston.

Chief Thurston said after two explosions, they get the message.

"Based on the fact that the first one was in our city hall police department parking lot and now we have a judge -- judge's residence, yes, as I said, we are taking that as a directed threat to our criminal justice system," explained Thurston.

Thurston believes the bombings are connected and warned potential targets.

"If you are a neighbor or family member of a judge, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney or police officer. Please be vigilant and observant in your area," he said.

"Cowards, I mean, they come by at night and they do this stuff," said Evan Hensley.

Police have increased overnight patrols, and Evan Hensley hopes the next announcement is about an arrest.

"I think that they've gotten all of the evidence they can get and I think that they will hopefully bring this to a resolution," Hensley said.

If you know anything or see anything going forward, you can call the Madison Police Department at 812-265-3345 or the ATF tip line at 1-888-367-5762 or 1-888-ATF-TIPS.

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