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Bomb squad investigates possible explosive materials inside Independence home

Posted July 14

— Police are going door-to-door to advise neighbors of their safety as authorities investigate possible explosive materials inside a man's home.

This comes a day after Independence police were called to the home in the 3000 block of South Vermont to check on the well-being of a homeowner.

Concerned family members of the homeowner had contacted police and advised that the man suffered from a mental illness and had made unusual comments.

The homeowner was not located at the residence. The man's vehicle was located near Whiteman Air Force Base.

Officers in the area of Whiteman made contact with him. While the man was being detained, he made a statement that led officers to believe that he may have explosive material at his home.

Members of the Independence Police Department's Investigations Unit have secured a search warrant for the home, and the bomb squad is in the process of executing the warrant.

Authorities are going door-to-door in the immediate area to advise them of possible safety concerns. Residents will not be ordered to leave their home at this time but they will be asked to avoid the area if possible.

The roadway directly in front of the home has been barricaded until further notice.

In the event that a suspicious device is located, the police department will notify neighbors of possible upgraded safety precautions.

KCTV5 News has a crew on the scene to gather more details.

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