Danny Bridges stood in front of his old house in the Greenwood neighborhood where he grew up.
On February 7, 1975, a man set six sticks of dynamite below the window of Bridges’ 12-year-old brother, Mike, at approximately 3:15 a.m.
“Smoke everywhere. You can’t see anything,” said Bridges. “I do recall my father yelling out in obvious pain. My brother died instantly.”
Bridges, 15 years old at the time, and his father were injured but confused.
“It’s hard for me to fathom that someone could have been that jealous, mentally ill, to have done what they did and killed my brother,” said Bridges.
William Webb, the ex-husband of a woman Bridges’ father was dating and the man responsible for the attack, was caught within days. He later died in federal prison.
Because Bridges survived a nightmare in 1975, he said he understands what the victims of last Saturday night’s tragedy are going through.
“You just can’t imagine what’s going on at that point,” said Bridges. “The element of surprise, the horror that ensues thereafter. It was incredibly hard to understand at the time.”
Bridges hopes the victims of this past Saturday’s explosion get the kind of counseling that was not offered to him 37 years ago.
Officials have been working to provide counseling for the Richmond Hill residents following the blast that killed Greenwood teacher Jennifer Longworth and her husband, Dion. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating their deaths.
Approximately 30 local investigators and federal agents plan to wrap up their examination of the debris by the end of the week.