St. Clair Shores, MI – Police are investigating a middle of the night firebomb attack that put a hole in a house and the homeowner said he believed he was targeted because of the political signs in his front yard.
The incident occurred just after midnight on Dec. 5 when the homeowner and his girlfriend were upstairs in their bedroom in the home in St. Clair Shores, WDIV reported.
“The explosion went off and it kind of sounded like a transformer, I guess, from a powerline,” the homeowner said. “And then another explosion went off and it shook the house.”
He told WDIV that he ran downstairs to see what had happened and was shocked by the mess the explosion had made.
The terrifying explosions had blown out a big window and left a hole in the side of his house.
“Smoke was filling the house,” the homeowner said. “I went up and told [my girlfriend] to get out the house, ‘Grab the dog and get out of the house.’”
The pair ran outside to safety and called 911, WDIV reported.
“When we came outside, we noticed the whole window, it was completely blown out, smoke coming out. I didn’t know if the house was on fire or what was going on,” the homeowner said. “I seen a truck racing down the road. When the police showed up, they went in, luckily it didn’t catch fire, but the actual implosion of the mortar, it did some serious damage.”
Security cameras captured the action outside the home before the explosion.
The homeowner provided the videos and said it showed a white man got out of a pickup truck and threw the explosive devices at his home, the Royal Oak Tribune reported.
He said the man jumped in his truck and drove off after hurling the incendiary devices, WDIV reported.
A neighbor down the street’s security camera also captured the view of the explosions from about 100 yards away.
“We were really scared. I mean when you feel your house shake and explode and smoke, you don’t know what’s going on,” the homeowner told WDIV.
The explosion did significant damage to the inside and the outside of the house.
The mortar punched a hole through the floor and seriously damaged the kitchen, WDIV reported.
The homeowner said they were fortunate the firebombs didn’t set the entire house on fire.
“Everything was smoking and I got on the phone and called 911 and they showed up pretty quick,” he said.
The homeowner told WDIV that he thought he was targeted because of the political signs he has in his yard.
The yard has a sign criticizing Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and several signs supporting President Donald Trump.
“Some people say because I’m a pretty avid Trump Supporter,” he explained. “I always have my sign up.”
The homeowner has offered a $10,000 reward for information about the firebombing of his home, WDIV reported.
“I mean, it’s worth it to me to find out who’s trying to catch my house on fire and possibly kill me,” he said.