Police: Device was not an explosive

A Kansas Highway Patrol bomb squad member investigates a device found Thursday in a front yard in Parsons.

 

A device found in a Parsons resident’s yard turned out not to be an explosive, but it could have been used to propel a liquid such as paint.

On Thursday, Parsons police responded to the 1700 block of Morgan for a report of a “land mine” in a yard. 

Police determined that the device appeared to be some type of ordnance. Police always defer to the Kansas Highway Patrol when dealing with possible explosives or unknown devices, Sgt. Jason Ludwig said. Many bombs are homemade but still resemble military-grade devices. Objects that could be improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are treated as active and at all times the KHP bomb squad is contacted. 

KHP responded from as far away as Wichita to remove and destroy the device.

The KHP squad took precautions and used equipment that takes an X-ray of the device to see if it had explosive material in it.

This device was inert, meaning it did not have an explosive component inside. The device was collected and taken to a safe location to be dismantled, Ludwig said. 

The device was homemade and it may have been used to propel a liquid, such as paint. Members of the bomb squad advised officers that they took the correct precautions. A device constructed in this manner could be used to propel any caustic or harmful liquid or even be used to set off shotgun ammunition.

“There were two homes evacuated and the entire block was blocked off for added safety. I want to thank the citizens in the area for being understanding and allowing first responders to do their jobs. Situations like this that turn out to be nothing are great training for officers and city staff in the event of a live bomb,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said in a prepared statement. 

This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” If anyone has further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at (620) 421-7060, the tip line at 421-7057 or email tips@parsonspd.com.

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