911 caller: Fire 'exploded' in Luther after driver throws something from pickup

Oklahoma County officials on Monday released a recording of a 911 call from man who said he saw a pickup driver speed away Friday as fire began to rage in Luther.
by Juliana Keeping Published: August 6, 2012

— A man who called 911 from a Luther grass fire told an Oklahoma County dispatcher the area exploded with fire after a pickup truck driver threw something out the window before speeding away.

The Oklahoma County sheriff released the 911 call Monday. Wildfire that broke out in Luther on Friday burned 2,621 acres, destroyed numerous homes and structures, and shut down Interstate 44 for several hours, according to officials from the Oklahoma Forestry Services.

County officials said they suspect arson in the Luther fire. Witnesses reported seeing a person driving a 2008 black Ford F-150 pickup with red lettering on the side throw a burning newspaper out of the vehicle.

The sheriff's office asks anyone with information about this person to call 869-2501.

The investigation into the incident continues, spokesman Mark Myers said in a statement Monday.

A shouting caller told an Oklahoma county dispatcher he saw a driver of a “blue-ish-black truck” throw something out of its window near NE 150 and N Luther Road off the Turner Turnpike.

“I got up there where he was at and the whole woods exploded when I got up to him,” the man said. “I got a fire here bad.”

The caller stayed in the area as a grass fire began to rage to warn nearby homeowners, according to the 911 recording.

The caller told a dispatcher the driver who appeared to have ignited the fire drove east on NE 150.


by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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