Arrest made in connection with pipe bombs at OKC trucking company

By Kerry Evans-Spillman, Land Line staff | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Investigators made an arrest Tuesday, Dec. 11, a day after an employee at Magerus Trucking in Oklahoma City found something attached to the fuel tank of his rock hauler – which turned out to be a pipe bomb.

Kevin Wayne Burke, 38, was taken into custody on charges of placing an explosive device on a vehicle with intent of bodily injury or death, and three counts of manufacturing explosive devices, according to Sgt. Gary Knight, assistant public information officer for the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Sgt. Knight told Land Line Magazine that the Oklahoma City Bomb Squad responded to the scene where they confirmed the device was a PVC pipe bomb.

While investigating the scene Monday night, the bomb squad found another explosive device under the cab of the same truck.

Both devices were destroyed at the scene by the bomb squad. No one was injured.

A representative for Magerus Trucking declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation.

On Tuesday morning, a mail carrier found another pipe bomb in a yard in a residential area a few blocks away from Magerus Trucking.

Police aren’t saying what lead them to Burke but they confirm that all three of the bombs were live explosives with end caps and explosive powder.

A woman who answered the phone Wednesday at Magerus Trucking told “Land Line Now” she had never heard of Burke.

OOIDA Director of Security Operations Doug Morris says if a trucker sees something suspicious attached to or near the vehicle, do not attempt to remove it.

“The safest thing to do is call police and stay away from it, and keep others away from it,” he said.

Some explosive devices are designed to detonate when they detect motion, therefore just touching a suspicious package could be dangerous.

Morris also advised there are many forms a home-made explosive could take such as a pipe or a package. Giveaways may include wires protruding from a device or a package that seems overwrapped with a lot of tape.

“Land Line Now” Staff Reporter Reed Black contributed to this story.

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