Man charged in East Chicago post office pipe bomb explosion

HAMMOND, Ind. – A Munster man was charged Tuesday in a pipe bomb explosion at a U.S. Post Office in Indiana in September.

Eric Krieg, 45, of Munster, who sought local elected office, was arrested for the explosion that injured a female postal worker.

The pipe bomb went off September 6 and around 5:30 p.m. at the post office at 901 East Chicago Avenue.

The pipe bomb was being mailed to a city contractor in Hammond and went off early--another got a threatening letter and a bullet, not a bomb.

One worker was sent to the hospital with minor injuries. The worker was seven months pregnant at the time. She was treated and released and is now back on the job. She and the baby are doing fine.

Krieg is an engineer by trade and he’s also a fairly well-known northwest Indiana political activist. Krieg has sought local office at least twice since 2010—unsuccessfully--but more relevant to the pipe bomb investigation, he’s had ongoing feuds with local officials, including Hammond’s mayor.

The mayor said he was not surprised by the arrest. He describes Krieg as an ultra right-winger and said the incident was politically motivated. The mayor said in his mind, he was suspect No. 1 from day one.

"People have to realize that when you harbor hate, when you're on social media and you harbor hate,that sometimes you take it too far. And this is a person who has mental issues," Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said.

The FBI had previously released a sketch of the suspect.

More charges are possible.

Courtesy of FBI