A standoff involving the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Independence Police Department's bomb squad and the Ray County Sheriff's Department ended peacefully Thursday night.
John Ham with the ATF said the man sought by authorities surrendered without incident after a lengthy standoff. The 58-year-old man was taken into custody about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Ham told KCTV5 News the case began as an ATF investigation, which led them to "fear for the safety of the individual or individuals in the house." The house in question is located about three and a half miles north of Orrick on Albany road in rural Ray County. This is off Highway 210.
The man was sought after someone reported he might have guns and explosives. Authorities said he is being investigated for using explosives in a criminal manner, but is not suspected of building explosives.
"It was other information from concerned citizens that came forward via the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department that led us to do the joint investigation," ATF Special Agent Eric Immesberger said.
Ham said neighbors have no reason to be concerned.
Neighbors told KCTV5 that they in the past heard explosions on his property that rattled windows, but authorities said that did not lead to their investigation.
"He really liked to make things go boom. He had loud explosions," said neighbor James Long. "He was more of an enigma than anything because no one knew anything about him."
Long said he always knew his neighbor liked explosives because he heard them weekly.
"They would make the windows rattle," he said.
A barn fire last fall also brought a barrage of booms.
"There was multiple explosions," Long said.
But he never thought much of it until the events unfolded Thursday night. Now, odd sights start to make sense.
"At night I would see his truck go up the driveway real slow, stop, turn around then go back down the driveway, and he would do that several times," Long said.
The man's house is secluded, down a long, winding driveway lined with all kinds of junk. Items like piping and metal barrels and sheds sit along either side. Neighbors say you could hardly pick a better place to play with explosives.
Police and federal agents who surrounded the property for hours Thursday night say the man was not building bombs and the explosions neighbors heard was not what sparked the investigation. Their tip came from Kansas City.
"That's just scary," Long said.
Authorities say there was and is no danger to the public.
KCTV5 asked federal agents if the Orrick case could be related to a homemade bomb found in nearby Missouri City. That bomb was put on a man's porch and the bomb squad was called in to detonate it.
Investigators say the Orrick investigation is not related to the bomb found in Missouri City. That case is still open.
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