The Wichita Police Dept. and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are investigating an explosion that occurred on Saturday, April 16 around 3 a.m. The explosion was set off intentionally on Water Street under the Kellogg overpass. The explosive device was made using a fire extinguisher, plastic jugs, and black powder. Shrapnel from the explosion traveled over 500 feet from the point of detonation and lodged into the side of a nearby hotel. There was no one injured and the amount of damage is undetermined at this time

Law Enforcement is asking for assistance from anyone that might have seen someone in the area carrying a fire extinguisher. The suspect may have possibly suffered burns from being near the blast radius at the time of detonation.

If you have information about this crime or any felony crime, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. You can also submit a tip online at or from your mobile phone by texting TIP217 then your message to CRIMES (274637). All ways are secure and anonymous.  If your tip leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1000.00 and Crime Stoppers will never ask your name.  Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is a non-profit organization of citizens against crime.

Sgt. Scott Plummer
Wichita/Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers

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