June 18, 2012

Texas: House surrounded after Plano police say injured man had explosive device

Earlier, an Asian male apparently tried to blow up a pipeline in a Plano neighborhood. Due to injuries sustained in his apparent work accident, he claimed he had been hit by a car which later was proven false

Early Monday morning residents of a Plano, Texas neighborhood heard an explosion, only to find a severely injured man so far only identified by the Dallas Morning News as “Asian, late 20s to early 40s” who claimed that he had been hit by a car. But they quickly heard hissing from a nearby gas line. FBI later found shrapnel embedded in a fence feet from the pipeline
The updated report:
PLANO — Plano police now confirm that an operation involving the bomb squad and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in the 3200 block of Anchor Drive is linked to an ongoing investigation of the man who may have tried to set off an explosive device late Sunday night.
Plano police have said they will have an update tomorrow
[I]n a statement issued at 8:18 p.m., Plano police spokesman David Tilley said additional information was expected to be released on Tuesday
Will update when more info released.

h/t CH

Update: More info here

The FBI and Plano bomb squad are investigating an explosion early Monday in North Plano that seriously injured the man suspected of causing it.

Investigators believe the suspect was tampering with a gas main around 12:30 a.m. when a bomb he was carrying detonated, waking residents in the 3600 block of Parker Road.

“I heard the loudest noise I’ve ever heard in my life,” said Scott Precourt, who lives directly across from the gas regulator system. “Usually I would’ve gone out and looked, but I was afraid.”

An FBI spokeswoman had little to say about the bureau’s involvement, but Tom Crowley, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said his agency handed over the investigation to the FBI to consider “potential terrorist aspects.”[...]

Investigation revealed that someone had tampered with it, and a trail of blood led from the gas main to where the suspect was found.

“His injuries to his body are all on the front of his body,” police spokesman David Tilley said. “If you get hit by a car … you’re going to have something all over your body.”

Shrapnel marks on the fence behind the gas main led police to believe the suspect was carrying a bomb.

“We don’t know any of the whys,” Tilley said. “We don’t know why he was back there, what type of device he had. That’s what we’re trying to figure out.”

A person is commenting on story (last link above) and saying she lives next door to him. She stated: "We are not sure what he was thinking...but we definitely think he has been on a downward spiral for about the past year...maybe mental problems".

By Stable Hand at 10:02 PM | Comments |