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'Land mine' reported in Parsons was non-explosive

PARSONS, Kan. - Police respond to a report of a 'land mine' that was later determined to lack an explosive component inside.

On August 1st, 2019, around 12:29 pm, Parsons Police Officers went to the 1700 block of Morgan for a report of a 'land mine' in a yard.

They arrived and found an unknown device that appeared to be some type of ordnance. 

The Police Department says it always defers to the Kansas State Highway Patrol when dealing with possible explosives or unknown devices. 

In a release, the Department said, "Many bombs are home made, but still resemble military grade devices. Objects that could be Improvised Explosive Devices (IED's) are treated just like they are active, at all times the KHP Bomb Squad is contacted."

KHP arrived from Wichita to remove and destroy the device. Authorities say they took precautions and used equipment that takes an x-ray of the device to see if it has explosive material in it.

Police say this device was inert, meaning it did not have an explosive component inside.

The device was taken to a safe location to be taken apart.

Experts found it to be a home-made device that may have been used to propel a liquid such as paint. Members of the bomb squad advised officers that they took the correct precautions. A device constructed in such a manner could be used to propel any caustic or harmful liquid or even used to set off shotgun ammunition.

Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said, "There were two homes evacuated and the entire block was blocked off for added safety. I want to thank the citizens in the area for being understanding and allowing first responders to do their jobs. Situations like this, that turn out to be nothing are great training for officers and city staff in the event of a live bomb." 

This continues to be an ongoing investigation. Police encouraged residents to "See It, Hear It, Report It." If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at tips@parsonspd.com.
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