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July 7, 2014

Loud explosion rocked Konawa City Hall Thursday morning as homemade bombs in dumpster detonated

Konawa — Konawa police are investigating an intentionally set explosion that occurred near city hall last week and have a person of interest.

Konawa police were doing a shift change in front of city hall just after 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Officers heard a loud explosion behind the building and went to investigate.

"They went around to the back of city hall, where the trash truck is always parked, and the back of the truck was on fire," Konawa Assistant Police Chief Jason Teel said. "Officer Debra Strain got the fire extinguisher out of her car and started to put out the fire. As she is spraying it out, she saw some black tubes bound together with some wire."

The explosion occurred in a dumpster attached to the trash truck. Strain believed it was a bomb or incendiary device, so she stopped and waited for firefighters. She warned firefighters of what she saw before they extinguished the blaze.

"They called the state fire investigator, who came down, and there were four different devices made out of real thick cardboard or plastic tubes, consistent with some type of fireworks," Teel said. "But they weren't just bought and put in there and set on fire."

Teel said someone dismantled the fireworks and enhanced them to make a larger explosive device. A person of interest was detained while the fire was being extinguished.

"Officer Strain and officer Marcus May detained a female who was in the area and she had some items on her that may link her to this crime. Teel said police are not releasing the suspect's name at this time.

"We were able to get some good evidence," Teel said. "Not all of it burned up so we do have several pieces of evidence that we will be able to use in the investigation."

Teel said no one was injured during the explosion, but some pieces on the trash truck (lights, wiring, etc.) were damaged.

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