Capitol Heights man crushed by minivan

A 35-year-old man was killed in Capitol Heights on Tuesday morning when he was crushed by a vehicle, police said.

Aaron Jerome Smith, of Capitol Heights, was underneath a vehicle changing a flat tire at about 1:30 a.m. when the jack slipped and the vehicle fell on him, Prince George's County police spokesman Officer Edward Martin said. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, in the area of Nova Avenue and Rail Street.

Police said that they do not believe the death is related to Hurricane Sandy.

Authorities investigate explosions at three Virginia homes

Three Virginia homes were damaged by homemade explosive devices in a period of about two hours early Tuesday morning.

Authorities believe the incidents are related, and no one inside any of the homes were injured.

The first explosion took place at about 4 a.m. Tuesday on the 3100 block of Normandy Avenue in Fredericksburg. A homemade device was put inside a single-story residence and was detonated, according to Frederickburg police spokeswoman.

About half an hour later, a homemade explosive device was thrown or placed outside a home in the Kings Grant subdivision in Stafford County, according to the Stafford County Sheriff's Office.

In the third incident, at 5:50 a.m., a homemade explosive device was thrown or placed at the rear of a home in the Country Ridge subdivision in Stafford County.

Suspicious death investigated in Manassas

Manassas City police are investigating a body that was found in a vacant parking lot Tuesday morning.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., officers went to the 9000 block of Church Street and found the body of an unidentified black male. The person's cause and manner of death are under investigation, according to Manassas City police.

Naomi Jagoda