The Edmond Sun
Two men have been arrested following the discovery of explosive-making materials at an Edmond apartment complex, police said.
Thursday evening, Edmond emergency personnel responded to a fire at the Christopher Place apartments at Hurd and Boulevard, said Edmond Police Officer James Hamm. It is believed a male resident was working on an improvised explosive device, which caused the fire, Hamm said.
Edmond Police Officer Jason Roach responded to the scene and went to Apt. 219 to assist the Edmond Fire Department, according to a report filed by Roach. Dispatch advised fire personnel believed there were explosive devices inside, and there was a large amount of smoke coming from inside, Roach stated. After he arrived, firefighters said they believed there were explosives inside, and members of the bomb squad were contacted, the report stated.
Roach spoke with the complex’s property manager, who said she was standing outside near the mailboxes when she heard a loud boom, the officer stated. She had thought two vehicles had crashed nearby. She then saw smoke pouring out of the unit, the report stated.
Another witness said he was inside cooking on the stove when he heard a loud explosion, Roach stated. He said he opened the door and saw smoke coming from an apartment, the report stated. When the door was open he could not see anyone come out so he told the resident to not re-enter the unit.
When the officer asked her if she knew the resident, she identified a male chemistry major. Hamm said neither male arrested was a University of Central Oklahoma student.
Bomb squad officers arrived and took control of the investigation, Roach stated. He had the resident placed in his patrol car uncuffed, the report stated. Three devices were found, two of which were live, Hamm said.
Hamm said the primary resident of the unit, Casey Richard Hampton, 18, of Edmond, was arrested on three counts of manufacturing an explosive device and on a first-degree arson complaint. Hillrey Ray Young, 21, an occasional resident was arrested on three counts of manufacturing an explosive device.
Several units of the apartments were evacuated after the materials were found, Hamm said. Part of an adjacent street was closed and several nearby structures were evacuated as a precaution, Hamm said.
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