Dangerous chemicals removed from Parkersburg home

PARKERSBURG – A state police bomb squad was called in Sunday after a possible explosive agent was discovered in a south Parkersburg home.

Parkersburg police Sgt. Greg Collins said the West Virginia State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit, out of Summersville, was summoned after officials discovered in a Newberry Street residence two chemicals that when combined become an explosive agent.

Kinepak is a binary product that is not considered an explosive until it is mixed. It is used for blasting and oil well casings. However, it is illegal to possess, according to Collins. The substance was discovered at 1405 Newberry St. by the homeowner, who evicted the previous tenants.

“There were two separate chemicals that need to be combined to become an explosive agent,” Collins said. “The EOD was called and came from Summersville because they were the resource with the safe and proper means of transporting and disposing of the chemicals.”

There was no danger at the home or the public, Collins said.

Collins said city police are working with the West Virginia State Police to identify who may have possessed the substances.