ATF, State Fire Marshal Investigating Explosives Incidents

Four incidents involving explosive devices in two weeks in an area near Lake Shawnee have officials putting up big bucks to find out who's behind it.

Rose Rozmiarek, chief of investigations for the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office, says it is unusual to have that many incidents in a small area all at once.

The incidents were centered in several blocks around SE 25th and Alexander and the 3800 block of SE 31st. The first happened Feb. 7th. Someone threw a molotov cocktail at a home, burning the siding. Two more molotov cocktails were thrown at vehicles, but missed their mark. On Friday, Feb. 13, someone put a pipe bomb on a car a couple blocks away from the first incident, severely damaging the vehicle.

Rozmiarek says the devices weren't sophisticated, but they're nothing to joke around with.

"These devices can be deadly," she said. "These devices have no normal every day purpose. These devices are made to do damage or bodily harm - that's all they do."

Rozmiarek confirms several members of law enforcement live in the neighborhoods, but, at this point, it's not thought they were specifically targeted. It's also not known if the incidents are related.

Authorities want to find who's behind it before anyone in the area gets hurt.

"If they are set off in the wrong place, we could see some serious injuries," Rozmiarek said.

Those behind the devices could face charges including arson and aggravated arson.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating along with the ATF.

A reward up to $5000 is offered for information in the cases. Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 785-234-0007.

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