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Authorities investigate Essex car explosion

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ESSEX, Vt. -

Police are trying to figure out who's behind a suspicious car explosion in Essex Town.

The blast left Maher Elhashami's vehicle charred just outside his home Tuesday.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking at evidence. Police say lab results are expected early next week. Essex Police have spoken with the FBI, too. And Vt. State Police arson investigators are working the case. Authorities are looking into whether a device was planted and if it was a hate crime.

They've questioned the car's owner, who police say is being cooperative. Elhashami has had run-ins with his neighbors, who call his behavior odd and scary. But friends tell us he is misunderstood.

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