Jan 27, 2023

Loud explosion leads to arson investigation in west-central Salina

Posted Jan 27, 2023 4:28 PM

Salina Post

Police are investigating an arson case in which a loud explosion damaged a residence in west-central Salina late Thursday night.

A 29-year-old Salina man told police that he was awakened by a loud explosion that broke the glass on his front porch light as well as drywall inside his residence in the 500 block of S. College Avenue, Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester said this morning. The incident occurred at approximately 11:50 p.m. Thursday.

Video from the man's surveillance camera shows a large cloud of smoke from his front porch.

Surveillance video from the neighborhood shows a male subject who was walking down the street throw an object on the front porch and then run southbound from the area. The explosion is then seen on the video, Forrester said. Other surveillance video from the area is being reviewed, he added.

Damage to the light and drywall was estimated at $150.