Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2001

DeSoto boy finds pipe bomb in field

February 8, 2001

Authorities are investigating the origins of a pipe bomb discovered under what could have been tragic circumstances last Friday evening in DeSoto.

Sgt. Brian Clark of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department said an 11-year-old boy found the pipe bomb in a field south of the apartment complex at 8515 Ottawa. The boy then took the live bomb home.

"It could have been bad," Clark said. "The boy could have been permanently disabled or killed."

The boy's mother had him place the bomb in the garage. When she checked on the device an hour later, she recognized it as a bomb and called the police.

Clark said the residents of the home were evacuated, and Kent Harris of the Olathe Bomb Squad was called to the scene. The device was exploded within a special container placed in the front yard of the residence.

An adult suspect has been identified in the incident, but an arrest has not been made, Clark said.

A witness saw a suspect leave the area. Later that night, the suspect was involved in an accident and bomb-making materials were found in his car.

Harris was called to the scene to remove the materials, Clark said. The dismantled bomb, the remains of an exploded device found in the field and the materials recovered from the car have been sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for testing, Clark said.

Charges probably won't be filed until the lab results are available, Clark said. It is not known what motivated the suspect to make the devices.

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