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Police reviewing video in Wal-Mart ‘dry ice bomb’ incident

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 1:36 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 2:46 p.m.

Police are reviewing surveillance video to identify the person who left a homemade chemical bomb on a shelf inside a west Wichita Wal-Mart on Thursday morning.

The 20-ounce plastic bottle exploded shortly after 9 a.m. in the store at 6110 West Kellogg, Lt. Doug Nolte said. While there were witnesses, he said, no one was close enough to be injured.

“If someone had been in close proximity when this went off, it could have definitely seriously injured or possibly killed someone,” Nolte said.

A bomb technician gathered residue and remnants of the device and determined it resembled a “dry ice bomb,” Nolte said.

The store remained open despite the incident, he said.

“At this point, we’re not ruling any motive out” — including the possibility that the bomb was used as a diversion for theft, Nolte said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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