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Explosive device goes off in car at KCK apartment building; police ask ATF for help

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The Kansas City, Kansas, police and fire departments along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigate an explosion inside an SUV Sunday, May 26, 2019.
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The Kansas City, Kansas, police and fire departments along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigate an explosion inside an SUV Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Kansas City, Kansas, police and fire officials have asked the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to help investigate a car explosion, Police Chief Terry Zeigler said Sunday.

Someone threw an explosive device into a Chevrolet TrailBlazer and caused a fire at the Royal Garden apartments in the 3100 block of North 61st Street, a police dispatcher said.

The fire department requested the police department’s bomb unit to assist on the scene of the explosion near 61st and Leavenworth Road, Zeigler said in a message on Twitter shortly after 11 a.m.

The ATF confirmed that a special agent, bomb technicians and explosives specialists were working with police and fire officials to collect evidence and determine a cause. The evidence will be sent to an ATF explosives lab.

It was early in the investigation, but an improvised explosive device was suspected, said John Ham, public information officer for the ATF’s Kansas City Field Division.

Police do not think it was a random act. Further details were not immediately available Sunday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

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