Pipe Bomb Blamed For Salina Truck Explosion

Credit: KSAL News

SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -- 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?"