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Explosion Victim Killed By Pipe Bomb

KSAL StaffMay 20, 2014

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

Salina Police say that 46-year-old Wayne Guerrant died from injuries he sustained when a pipe bomb exploded in Jerry Ivey Park.

First responders were called to the 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.

Guerrant was transported by EMS to Salina Regional Health Center, where he died. He died at 2:22 Monday afternoon.

Police and fire officials said Tuesday morning said that Guerrant was in the cab of the truck, when a pipe bomb exploded inside the truck. Investigators determined that the bomb was 5 to 6 inches in length and 3 to 3.5 inches in diameter. It blew debris 150 feet from the truck in a 360 degree radius.

Investigators have not determined if the bomb was intentionally detonated, or if it accidentally detonated.

No other explosive devices were found in the park. Police did find a powder container during a search of Guerrant’s home.

The Salina Police Department, Salina Fire Department, the Kansas State Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms all worked together to determine the cause of the explosion.

The park was closed as officials worked the scene, and made sure the area was safe. It reopened to the public Tuesday morning.

Police say that the incident is in no way connected to recent bomb threats at Salina schools.

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Photo by Yee Mar

Photo by Yee Mar

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