WILMINGTON, Del. — A small explosive device detonated Monday outside a house in Delaware’s New Castle County and a second device was intentionally exploded by investigators in another neighborhood about a mile away, authorities said.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said the two incidents were related. The first explosion happened shortly after midnight and damaged a home’s window in Elsmere.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that 23-year-old William Ivone dropped to the ground after the device exploded just outside his home. He told the newspaper he spotted a familiar figure running away, describing the person as “sick in the head.”

The second controlled explosion occurred at a home in another neighborhood. Citing an ongoing investigation, the fire marshal would not specify if this property was the home of a suspect, only saying that “an explosive device was rendered safe.” Yellow police tape stretched across a street by this second house.

Nobody had been charged by late Monday afternoon, according to Chionchio.

Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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