An East Chicago post office explosion leaves one pregnant worker injured — now the FBI has questions

CHICAGO - APRIL 17: Postal worker Kamayla Verrett takes mail from last-minute tax filers at the main post office April 17, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. The U.S. postal system processes about 44 million additional pieces of mail on the tax deadline day. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into an explosion at an East Chicago, Indiana post office. The explosion took place around 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Local acting fire chief Francisco Mendez believes the explosion came from a pipe bomb in a package.

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According to ABC 7, the post office as closed at the time of the explosion and only two people were working inside. One of those employees was a newly hired pregnant woman who was injured by the explosion and taken to the hospital.

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She is said to have suffered “minor injuries.”

Following the explosion, two bomb sniffing dogs with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department were brought in.

The FBI and the ATF both were on the scene after the incident.

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One local resident expressed fear after the explosion.

“A bomb? That’s really scary. It make you wonder if it was a terror – a terrorist attack,” a local resident told ABC 7.

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