Residents in a south Bibb County neighborhood awoke to a loud bang about 2 a.m. Monday.
According to a sheriffs report released Tuesday, a Nissan pickup parked in a lot on Hawkinsville Road was scorched beyond recognition. The license plate and vehicle identification number plates melted, and deputies could not make out the trucks color or year.
Neighbors, however, recognized the truck.
A woman told officials it belonged to a man she knows. She said it had been parked outside her home for two weeks and had not moved since. Several neighbors told officers they saw and heard the truck driving through the neighborhood multiple times Sunday evening, hours before the blaze.
A nearby neighbor said he was on his front porch when he saw a white man dressed in all black who was running. Moments later, he said he saw another man running with a gasoline can.
I didnt put it together then until I saw the fire, he said. I thought that they were doing a little bonfire because theyve done that before. ...Thirty minutes later I heard a big bang.
The report said the owner of the truck could not be reached. The sheriffs office is still investigating.