SALINA, Kan. — Police believe a homemade pipe bomb was the source of an explosion inside a truck at a Salina park yesterday.
"We did find the remnants of a pipe bomb or incendiary device and 5 to 6 inches long. It had double threds on both ends and about 3 to 3 1/2 inches in diameter", said Salina Fire Marshal Roger Williams.
The blast happened around 12:30 Monday afternoon at Jerry Ivey Park. Officers arrived to find a truck on fire and a seriously injured man. He was rushed to an area hospital but died less than two hours later.
He's been identified as 46-year-old Wayne Guerrant of Salina.
Investigators recovered remnants of a pipe bomb at the scene. It's unclear if the device was detonated intentionally or accidentally, but police don't believe anyone else was involved in the incident.
Officers also served a search warrant at Guerrant's home, and found pipe bomb-making materials. "We did find a black smokeless powder container, a black smokeless powder container that was nearly empty", Salina Police Captain Mike Sweeney said.
Several agencies are investigating. An autopsy is being conducted.
Area residents are stunned. "I thought who would do that", said Terry Hartsfield. "Who would sit in their pick up truck in a public place with a pipe bomb?"
A woman who lives across the street from Guerrant said the neighborhood is normally quiet. Now she said she's not so sure.
"Yeah it makes me concerned", said Sherri Hill. "Is it safe for me to be on this block? Or is it time to move?"
A man has died after an explosion inside a truck at a Salina park.
According to Salina Police Captain Mike Sweeney, crews were called to the report of an explosion at Jerry Ivey Park around 12:30 Monday afternoon. That's at the corner of Ohio and Magnolia near Salina High School South.
Captain Sweeney said officers arrived to find a truck on fire at the south end of the park, and an injured man laying next to it.
"We believe he was inside the cab of the truck when the explosion happened and then he was able to work his way out," Sweeney said.
He was rushed to an area hospital with serious injuries, but died less than two hours later.
Police said the blast originated in the cab of the truck. They are working with the state fire marshal's office and other local agencies to investigate further. They're still working to find the cause, but don't believe the blast originated from part of the truck and instead came from another source.
Officers have secured the scene. They know the victim's identity, but are not yet releasing that information.
School continued as normal at Salina South, but physical education activities typically held at the park were canceled while authorities investigated.
Neighbors say they heard the explosion.
"I was in the house what I heard was like a sonic boom but I knew it was louder than that," Ken Chaput said.
He says it was strong enough to rattle the windows of his home which sits just yards away from Jerry Ivey Park.
"I went outside and then went out in the front yard and didn't see anything. I thought a house had blown up," Chaput said.
He and others neighbors say they look forward to having their many questions answered soon.
"I hope they find out what happened quickly," Chaput said.
Credit: KSAL News