Kansas DA Nears Decision Over Statehouse Incident

By: AP posted by Amanda Lanum
By: AP posted by Amanda Lanum

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A prosecutor is close to deciding whether to file charges over illegal homemade fireworks found in a pickup parked near the Kansas Statehouse in February.

A spokeswoman says Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor expects to make a decision in the coming week.

The pickup's owner was detained but released from custody the same day after officers saw the fireworks in the vehicle in a parking lot south of the Capitol.

The Capitol Police initially described the materials as improvised explosive devices, or homemade bombs. The owner was detained in a tunnel connecting the Statehouse to a nearby government office building.

Authorities have not identified the man, except to say he lived in Topeka at the time of the incident.

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