Man hurt in bomb blast identified as federal agents lead investigation

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Houston County (WTVY)-- A federal special agent predicts the investigation into an explosion that injured a Houston County man will be concluded more sooner than later.

An explosion in this truck October 23, 2017 sends man to hospital.

“When it comes to explosives we have to (determine) if the initial incident was a criminal act,” Michael Knight, special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms told WTVY Tuesday.

While stopping short of concluding it was, local law enforcement officers involved in the case believe an explosive device—perhaps a pipe bomb-- was maliciously placed in a truck. It detonated Monday.

“This is a very fluid situation and when it comes to any type of explosive incident that’s where our ATF lab is playing a crucial part,” Knight said. He credits assistance from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Dothan Police Department and other agencies in moving the process along.

While investigators have not publicly identified the victim, public record documents show he is 43-year old Terry Daniel (Danny) Brooks. His identity was confirmed by multiple law enforcement officers not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

Brooks home is about two miles from the where the explosion occurred on South Park Avenue in Taylor. His Facebook page shows he works for a construction company that owns the truck that exploded. He was presumably driving to work when the blast occurred about 7:00 a.m. Brooks was the sole occupant.

He was taken to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center for treatment. An inquiry Tuesday afternoon revealed he isn’t listed on the patient roster though such information can be made private if requested by the person being treated or law enforcement agency. Those familiar with Brooks injuries say he should recover.

Knight wouldn’t speculate on when tests results regarding the bombing will be completed though he doesn’t expect the investigation to take very long. “(ATF) has a phenomenal record in resolving these cases with the help of our supporting agencies,” he said.

Anyone with information that could aid the investigation can be relayed to the nearest law enforcement agency or on the ATF's app.