Explosives In Kan. Capitol Incident Were Fireworks

Published February 17, 2012 10:36PM (EST)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas authorities say explosives found in a pickup near the state Capitol earlier this week were illegal homemade fireworks.

Capitol Police spokesman Patrick Saleh (SAH'-luh) declined to give more details about the devices Friday. He also refused to say how powerful they might have been.

The Capitol Police, overseen by the Highway Patrol, previously had described several devices in the pickup as homemade bombs.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said it still plans to ask the Shawnee County district attorney to file criminal charges against the pickup's owner. He was detained and questioned Wednesday but released.

The pickup's owner was of two men detained Wednesday in what authorities say were separate incidents. A 37-year-old man was arrested and jailed for making an allegedly threatening phone call to Gov. Sam Brownback's office.

By Salon Staff

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