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Specialists brought in to investigate case involving explosive devices in Madison, Ind.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An explosives specialist and K-9 team found pieces of the IED set off outside the home of a Southern Indiana Judge.

Supervisory Special Agent Kim Riddell said the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has joined the case. Riddell said, "We take this very seriously...this is a violent act."

Riddell said the material could hold crucial clues and are on their way to an ATF lab in Maryland for testing. 

"They will look at the components of the device to identify what kinds of explosive powder was used: what the components of the device were made up of, whether it be pipe or fuse, and then those items can lead to clues where perhaps they were purchased," Riddell said.

Judge Michael Hensley's son showed us the scorched pavement in the driveway where the IED detonated. Evan Hensley says he heard a blast around 3 a.m. Wednesday, but didn't know what it was. 

"It's scary because you don't know what kind of person is capable of this," he said. "It could be anybody -- someone sitting at home mad. You're just not sure."

A similar blast happened March 6 in the police department parking lot near Madison's City Hall building. 

"We are taking that as a direct threat to our criminal justice system," said Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston.  

Evidence from that blast is also at the lab. 

"It's all part of the puzzle," Riddell said. "Every bit of info we can get from those components. We're going to run down those leads, use to find the perpetrator." 

And for a town of 12,000 people, the answer can't come soon enough. 

"Very unnerving, very unnerving, especially in town like this," Hensley said. "You don't see stuff like this -- maybe vandalism or a fight, not bombs going off in a driveway."

Investigators say the same suspect is responsible for both explosions. There are no arrests yet. If you have any info, contact Madison PD or ATF at 1-888-ATF TIPS.

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