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Early-Morning Explosion at Home of Homestead Gay Couple Being Investigated as Possible Hate Crime

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    Explosion at Homestead Home of Gay Couple Investigated as Hate Crime

    An early-morning explosion at the Homestead home where a gay couple lives is being investigated by police as a possible hate crime. (Published Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016)

    An early-morning explosion at a house in Homestead has police investigating whether the couple who lives there is being targeted because they are gay.

    Police responded to two calls of disturbances at the home off Southwest 282nd Street and 133rd Place early Thursday morning. The first call around 1:20 a.m. was to notify authorities of rocks being thrown at the home. The second call made about 20 minutes later, reported an explosive had gone off outside the home.

    No one was hurt, but photos given to NBC 6 show damage to the home that includes a broken window.

    It’s not the first time that the homeowners say they have been targeted. In May, another reported incident involving rocks being thrown at the home took place.

    Homestead Gay Couple Dealing With Explosion Outside Home

    [MI] Homestead Gay Couple Dealing With Explosion Outside Home
    NBC 6's Ari Odzer has the exclusive after an early morning explosion that is being investigated as a possible hate crime by police.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016)

    Lawrence Huete and his partner have lived in the home for a while but said they may have to move out now.

    "It's sad, I mean, I've been here four years, it could've been a tragedy, a real tragedy," he said. "We were sitting on the couch, saw someone fidget with the cardboard we had put up, thought it was the cops, saw the smoke, blew the whole thing."

    Miami-Dade Police did say they are investigating to see if the incidents were done as hate crimes.

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