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ATF offers $5K reward for information after 2 explosions in New Berlin

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Road closure due to police investigation on Coffee Rd. in New Berlin

NEW BERLIN — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered a $5,000 reward for information related to “recent explosions” that led to the closure of Coffee Road and Woelfel Road beginning late Monday afternoon, Sept. 17.

ATF officials said investigators are looking into two explosions that happened on Coffee near Woelfel. No one was hurt. They said evidence has revealed two explosive device detonations — the first on Saturday morning and the second on Monday afternoon.

The New Berlin Fire Department was dispatched around 4:30 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a frayed electrical wire and gray smoke coming from the ground beneath the wire.

The New Berlin Police Department requested the assistance of We Energies, the ATF, the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad and the FBI to investigate.

For hours, Coffee Road, between Calhoun Road and Heide Lane was closed, as well as Woelfel Road between Observatory Road and Coffee Road. Residents were still able to access their homes.

Coffee Road was open in all directions as of about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Road closure due to police investigation on Coffee Rd. in New Berlin

Those with information can dial 1-888-ATF-BOMB, email or submit an anonymous tip through the ReportIt app which is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting When reporting, be sure to include as many details as possible and contact information for potential follow up if a reward is sought.

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