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Explosion in Owasso leads police to huge cache of bomb making materials
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Explosion in Owasso leads police to huge cache of bomb making materials

Explosion in Owasso leads police to huge cache of bomb making materials

Explosion in Owasso leads police to huge cache of bomb making materials

The following release came from the Owasso Police Department.

“At approximately 1030 hours on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 Owasso Police and Fire Departments responded to a disturbance/explosion at a private residence in the 11500 block North of 131st East Avenue in the Falls at Garrett Creek housing addition of Owasso, where a male party was reported by nearby residents to be severely injured.

Upon arrival Officers located 2 subjects, one with severe trauma to his hands and arms outside the home and indications of a fire coming from inside. Officers initially attempted to enter the home to search for further victims but were quickly overcome by chemical fumes and retreated back outside the residence. Upon the Fire Departments arrival, 2 victims were rushed to a Tulsa hospital. Fire Officials issued an evacuation order of nearby homes due to the strong chemical smell in the area, which Owasso Police carried out.

Due to the circumstances Officers of the Owasso Police Clandestine Laboratory Team, specially trained and equipped to deal with chemical incidents, quickly entered the home to evaluate the scene. These Officers reported no chemical lab present in the home, but reported the presence of commercial grade mortar tubes, large amounts of gunpowder and metal cylindrical devices suggesting homemade explosive devices were being manufactured, all in plain view.

Further, the overwhelming chemical smell in the area was attributed to burnt sulphur from the explosion. In order to ensure the safety of nearby residents and homes the Tulsa Bomb Squad was summoned to handle the explosive devices.

The ATF and FBI have also begun to assist OwPD Detectives in the investigation. This investigation is ongoing, with public safety being the top priority. The 2 Owasso Officers exposed were treated for chemical exposure at an Owasso hospital and later released.

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