Four fatalities have been reported in the Nebraska village of Laurel, according to Col. John Bolduc of the Nebraska State Patrol. No one has been detained as of yet in relation to the four fatalities.
Initial reports of a house explosion, according to the Nebraska State Patrol, came in shortly after 3 a.m. on Thursday.
A bomb went off at 209 Elm Street. Officials reported that when fire crews arrived at the scene, they discovered one person dead inside.
Along with the fire departments, the Nebraska State Patrol, the Laurel Police Department, and the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office all responded.
According to authorities, a second fire was reported three blocks away at 503 Elm Street, and three more bodies were discovered there.
The fires have all been out, and authorities are looking into both situations. Authorities have acknowledged that they think both fires were started using accelerants.
No identities are being made public at this time due to the investigation’s infancy.
A silver automobile was said to have left the town west on Highway 20 following the second fire. Right now, the individual is being identified as a black male. The driver reportedly picked up a passenger, according to officials.
According to Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda, the neighborhood is particularly close-knit.
“We don’t know for sure if people knew each other, but everyone knows everyone in this small community,” said Koranda. “I think people just need to be diligent. If they see something out of the ordinary or something they’re not used to, please contact the state patrol […] so investigators can follow up on those leads.”
Anyone with information, including maybe surveillance video, is urged to contact the Nebraska State Patrol, according to the authorities. NPS requested that people call them at 402-479-4921.
Up until 5 p.m., Laurel City Hall is voluntarily locked down.
A town in Cedar County has reported multiple fatalities.
On Thursday, there was a strong law enforcement presence in the Nebraskan hamlet of Laurel, according to witnesses. According to the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), there were a number of fatalities and many scenes were involved.
According to a representative of the Laurel City Hall, the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office advised them to go into lockdown mode. A reporter on the scene reported that cones have blocked off a portion of West 3rd Street.
The NSP added that they are looking into the deaths right now. The organization will host a press conference in a nearby church on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.