Police: Explosions in West Central Not From Bomb - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police: Explosions in West Central Not From Bomb

SPOKANE, Wash. - Despite initial reports that police responded to two related explosion calls in the West Central part of Spokane this weekend, police told KHQ on Monday that the explosions were not the result of a bomb. Spokane Police spokesperson Jennifer DeRuwe said officers did not find any bomb materials at a Coca Cola machine or a garbage can where the explosions happened. Investigators believe the explosions could have been fireworks set-off by a group of teens but, at this point, it's unknown.

It was next to the love notes and playground equipment at Dutch Jakes Mini Park in West Central, where witnesses found the first sign of vandalism over the weekend: a damaged garbage can. Police said a group of teens lit some sort of explosives inside of it.

A short time later, police received another call about explosives, this time at Broadway Foods just down the street. Vandals blew up a coke machine sitting just outside the story, blowing off the entire front panel of the machine and exposing everything inside.

West Central resident Mitchell Chambers heard the explosion from down the street.

"It sounded like gunshots. I sounded like a shotgun almost, we heard it twice during the day," he said. "We saw a bunch of kids blow it up and then a bunch of kids ran."

Randy wilkes believed the explosions were signs of a more troubling trend: increased malicious mischief and violence in West Central.

"It's really scary." he said. "it makes you not want to go any place at night anymore unless you have something to protect yourself."

Just this week, Wilkes said, he was mugged.

"I got knocked to the ground and knocked off my bike. They took my billfold and my backpack and were kicking me in the head."

Not everyone is convinced the neighborhood is a bad place.

"This is a good neighborhood, some people make it out to be worse than it really is just because you know, it's the ghetto, it's the west side but it's really not a bad neighborhood," Chambers continued.

Spokane Police completed a report but said they did not collect enough physical evidence to help find a suspect. For now, police say the case is closed.

Witnesses in the area told police they saw, presumably the same group, of about six to seven teenage boys flee the area.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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