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UPDATE: Man Killed In Park Explosion

Todd Pittenger - May 19, 2014 1:51 pm

Photo by Yee Mar

Photo by Yee Mar

A man is killed in an explosion at a Salina Park.

First responders were called to Jerry Ivey Park at around 12:30 Monday afternoon to the report of an explosion. The first officer on the scene found a truck parked near a restroom facility at the south end of the park badly damaged and on fire, and an injured man on the ground beside it.

The victim was transported by EMS to Salina Regional Health Center with life-threatening injuries, where he died. He died at 2:22 Monday afternoon. The victim’s name was not released yet late Monday afternoon.

Police Captain Mike Sweeney tells KSAL News that it appears the explosion originated in the cab of the truck. Investigators are working to determine the exact cause. According to Sweeney, the Salina Police Department, Salina Fire Department, the Kansas State Fire Marshall’s Office, and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are working closely to try to determine the cause of the explosion.

The park was closed as officials worked the scene, and made sure the area was safe. Afternoon physical education activities from nearby Salina South High School that are normally held in Jerry Ivey Park were cancelled.

Sweeney adds that students at South were not in any danger.

ORIGINAL: A man is critically injured in an explosion at a Salina Park.

First responders were called to Jerry Ivey Park, at the corner of Ohio and Magnolia in South Salina, at around 12:30 Monday afternoon to the report of an explosion.

Salina Police Captain Mike Sweeney told KSAL News at the scene that a police officer first arrived and found a truck parked near a restroom facility at the south end of the park on fire, and an injured man on the ground beside it. The victim was transported by EMS to Salina Regional Health Center with life-threatening injuries. The victim’s name was not immediately available at the scene.

Sweeney says that it appears the explosion originated in the cab of the truck. Investigators are working to determine exactly what caused it.

The park was closed as officials worked the scene, and made sure the area was safe. Afternoon physical education activities from nearby Salina South High School that are normally held in Jerry Ivey Park were cancelled.

Sweeney adds that students at South were not in any danger.

Anita Mann

May 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Wow that must have been some explosion to do that

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