Officials: Massive house explosion being investigated as a possible hate crime


WAYNE COUNTY, OHIO – (CBS) We are following breaking news of an early morning house explosion, that according to officials is being investigated as a hate crime.

It happened around 12:40 a.m. on Spruce Street in Sterling, Ohio.
The homeowner tells officials, a swastika and the “n” word was spray-painted on the neighbor’s garage.

WATCH: A massive house explosion in Wayne County, Ohio. Officials say the explosion is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

She says she and her husband were not home at the time of the explosion.

The home was under renovations, due to a fire in early July, as the natural gas and electricity had been turned off.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson said they “are not going to tolerate that behavior here.”

This is an ongoing investigation, and the FBI will be involved.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.