Army explodes tube containing commercial fireworks in Kodiak

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- Army explosives experts were sent to Kodiak on Tuesday to dispose of a small tube containing commercial fireworks discovered in the parking lot of a sporting goods store.

Employees of Mack's Sporting Goods called Kodiak police at about 10 a.m. and reported the tube wrapped in a black material that resembled plastic.

Police contacted the Fort Richardson Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, which flew in from Anchorage and detonated the device on the site.

The tube was the third explosive devise found this year in the parking lot, which is near the police and fire departments.

''It was probably intended to be a joke,'' said Kodiak Police Department Chief T.C. Kamai. ''But whoever made it is probably more of a hazard to themselves than others.''

Kamai said police take situations involving explosives seriously.

Store owner Tom Merriman said the device could have been dangerous because employees walked by the explosives.

''It may have been an innocent prank, but three times looks like some sort of pattern,'' he said.

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