(WICHITA, Kan.)—An observant father finds another sparkler bomb, this time in a West Wichita park. Its the second device officers have found since the weekend. The first one blew up, the second one was not lit.
"I didn't expect to find it under a random tree in the park," said Johnathan Wright, who found the device. "Obviously someone had put it there. I called the police, and they asked me to point out where it was. Sure enough it was something they were concerned about."
"My concern was keeping my kids away from it and not messing with it," Wright said.
But police are concerned about people getting hurt. Especially after a sparkler bomb blew up a mail box in South Wichita over the weekend, damaging a nearby home.
"If someone were in close enough in proximity, they certainly could be killed by that going off," said Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte.
Investigators don't believe the two cases are related.
If police catch the person responsible, they would face a felony charge. In fact Wichita Police helped strengthen Kansas laws in 2008 for this very reason.
"I testified before the House-Senate committee on this specific issue and had the Kansas state statute rewritten to specifically cover the fireworks section," said Wichita Police Bomb Squad leader Lieutenant Chris Bannister
Officers hope they don't find more sparkler bombs this year. At least time is running out to buy them
Anyone with information on either sparkler bomb case is encouraged to call police or CrimeStoppers.