The Wichita Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating an explosion that occurred Saturday, April 16, at about 3 a.m. The explosion was set off intentionally on Water Street under the Kellogg overpass. The explosive device was made using a fire extinguisher, plastic jugs and black powder. Shrapnel from the explosion traveled more than 500 feet and lodged into the side of a nearby hotel. No one was injured, and the amount of damage is still undetermined.
Law enforcement is asking for assistance from anyone who might have seen someone in the area carrying a fire extinguisher. The suspect may have suffered burns from being near the blast radius at the time of detonation.
Whom to contact
If you have information about this case or any felony crime, call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. You can also submit a tip online at www.wsccs.com or from your mobile phone by texting TIP217 then your message to CRIMES (274637). All tips received are secure and anonymous.
If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a nonprofit organization of residents against crime.
Crime Stoppers case number: 1117
Department case number: 11C024922
Lead detective: Det. Keith Forte, Wichita Police Department