Archive for Monday, July 9, 2012

Man charged after investigation of homemade explosives

July 9, 2012, 12:47 p.m. Updated July 9, 2012, 4:44 p.m.


Police arrested a 20-year-old Lawrence man, Dakota Jackson Kunkle, Sunday morning on suspicion of criminal use of explosives at an apartment in the 700 block of West 25th Street.

Douglas County prosecutors on Monday filed two counts of criminal use of an explosive against Kunkle. In one of the counts, prosecutors accuse him of placing a public safety officer “at risk to defuse” it. The second count is related to an alleged incident on July 4, 2011, according to the charges.

Kim Murphree, a Lawrence police spokeswoman, said officers were called about 11:30 p.m. Saturday to assist firefighters with items found at the scene during a fire call. Other officers and firefighters had been sent to the same residence an hour earlier to a report of gunfire. Police later determined the sounds involved firework ignition powder. According to court records, the Leavenworth Fire Department responded, and the agency has a bomb squad.

“An investigation determined the occupants of the residence had been making homemade explosives with at least one possible detonation inside the residence,” Murphree said.

A judge Monday set Kunkle’s bond at $20,000 and scheduled his next hearing for Wednesday.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 5 months ago

A guy I know got in the same kind of trouble a few years back with dry ice and a pop bottle.

Shane Powers 5 years, 5 months ago

The guy my dad refers to as his "brothers cousin" got caught having a father/son-bonding-pipe-bomb-mailbox kind of event and shoved all the blame off on his minor son. Said minor spent quite a while in the JDC for that experience.

kufan1146 5 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like someone was making some M80's... you'd think they would be smarter if they were assembling them.

the_realest_mccoy 5 years, 5 months ago

This is the kind of crime that's only a crime when you get caught. Bomb making is actually kind of therapeutic.

Jock Navels 5 years, 5 months ago

Back in the 1950s I and every other kid in the neighborhood spent a few weeks after 4th of July dissembling fire crackers to make various explosives. This is a crime? With a $20,000 bond? come on...

pickaname 5 years, 5 months ago

Grinding up gunpowder, firework explosives, and other chemicals in a coffee grinder, then packing it all into a pipe is indeed a crime. He might be lucky if he does not get charged with a terrorist act. Poor dumb kid!

RoeDapple 5 years, 5 months ago

I would NOT advise grinding any type of explosive powder. You could lose your . . . coffee grinder. Among other vital . . . equipment.

RoeDapple 5 years, 5 months ago

There have been incidents of homemade devises exploding due to powder getting on the threads of pipe while assembling then igniting when the caps were screwed on. DO NOT do this at home, or anywhere else! "Hold my beer and watch this!" never works out the way you think it will.

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