Explosive device found in southwest Oklahoma City yard leads to arrest

An explosive device discovered in the yard of a southwest Oklahoma City home led to the arrest of Kevin Wayne Burke, 38, was arrested Tuesday evening, police said.
By MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: December 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm •  Published: December 11, 2012
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An explosive device discovered Tuesday afternoon in the yard of a southwest Oklahoma City home led to the arrest of a man suspected of placing explosives on a vehicle Monday night, police said.

A PVC pipe with a wire coming from it was found about 4:35 p.m. in the front yard of 3717 SW 26 by a mail carrier, Sgt. Tyara Nash said.

The device was defused before 6 p.m., she said.

Kevin Wayne Burke, 38, was arrested Tuesday evening. The complaints on which he was being booked into the Oklahoma County jail were not known Tuesday night because Burke was still being interviewed by officers, Nash said.

The device was similar to two others found Monday night on the gas tank of a vehicle at Magerus Trucking, near SW 29 and Portland Avenue, Nash said. Burke is now suspected of attaching those devices, she said.

Nearby homes were evacuated and neighborhood streets closed Tuesday as bomb technicians worked, Nash said.

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