Bomb squad investigates possible explosive materials inside Inde - KCTV5

Bomb squad investigates possible explosive materials inside Independence home

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A view of the outside of the house. (Kimo Hood/KCTV) A view of the outside of the house. (Kimo Hood/KCTV)
Police are going door-to-door to advise neighbors of their safety as authorities investigate possible explosive materials inside a man's home. (KCTV5) Police are going door-to-door to advise neighbors of their safety as authorities investigate possible explosive materials inside a man's home. (KCTV5)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Police were going door-to-door to advise neighbors of their safety as authorities investigated possible explosive materials inside a man's home on Friday. The house has now been cleared.

This came 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 authorities have been called to the house twice before; both times were medical calls. 

The homeowner was not located at the residence and no one else was there. 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. Also, they found "explosive material" in his car. The authorities have not gone into detail about what they found, yet.

Members of the Independence Police Department’s Investigations Unit secured a search warrant for the home, and the bomb squad was 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 were not ordered to leave their homes, but they were asked to avoid the area if possible. 

"At this point, we want everyone to be aware and be cautious in the event that we find something or we come across something that warrants us taking more precautions," said Officer Luis Virgil with the Independence Police Department. "We will go door-to-door and advise as many people that they need to leave if that were to be the case."

"We are not making anyone leave their residence at this point," he said. "There is a robot. They’re attempting to get a robot into the residence to see what they can clear with the robot before sending people in." 

Police said searches could last a couple more days as they try to get through the amount of items in the house. 

The roadway directly in front of the home was barricaded, as well.

Update: Just before 8:30 p.m., the authorities said that the investigators and bomb unit had cleared the house. Nothing hazardous was found and the road was reopened to all traffic.

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