TOPEKA (KSNT) — Authorities are in the process of dismantling homemade explosives in the 2100 Block of SW Brandywine Lane across from the West Ridge Mall area.
According to the Topeka Police Department’s watch commander, neighbors called the the police around 5:30 p.m. because they heard gunshots. When authorities arrived on the scene they found what the watch commander called “Drano bombs.” Some of the explosives had been detonated, as well as some that had not been detonated.
According to the TPD officers on the scene, the items were “non-lethal” homemade explosives that were meant to be “noisemakers.” They did not provide specifics about the construction of the devices, but said that they were made from cleaning supplies, “plastic containers,” and tinfoil.
They are not safe to touch, so police are waiting for the rest to go off. That way, no pedestrians will accidentally come into contact with them.
Authorities don’t yet know who built them.
The watch commander said that this was not a threat to the general public or the city of Topeka as a whole.
KSNT News sent Harrison Drake out to the scene. As of 6:30 p.m., this is all we know. Check back here for updates and tune in to KSNT News on TV.