Homemade bombs found on Creek Co. property

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Updated: 12/05/2012 11:06 pm Published: 12/04/2012 8:44 pm

A Creek County man is now charged after federal agents and local law enforcement found homemade bombs on his property in rural Creek County. 

According to a probable cause affidavit released by the Creek County Sheriff's Office, 46-year-old Kent Bartell is charged with child endangerment, and the manufacture and possession of explosives. 

Authorities found out about Bartell's alleged activities after an administrator at Jenks High School, on November 30th, overheard Bartell's son, who is a juvenile, talking about a pipe bomb he had brought to school earlier that month. 

Creek County deputies say the administrator interviewed the son, then called Tulsa police, who then notified the FBI. 

The affidavit states Bartell's son told police and the FBI that his father had been making and detonating explosive devices on his property in Mounds, using several different materials and instructions from the internet. 

The affidavit also states Bartell's son took a bomb his father had made, that failed to detonate, to school on November 26th, to show his friends, along with videos and photos of other explosive devices. 

Deputies say Bartell's son told the FBI his father had a number of unexploded devices on his property, and on Dec. 4th investigators got a search warrant, and went to check it out. 

According to the affidavit, they found lots of explosive materials and devices like pipes filled with black powder, and a gasoline and styrofoam mixture TPD says is similar to a napalm bomb. 

FOX23 was on the property yesterday as investigators were searching. 

Throughout the day FOX23 witnessed agents with the FBI and ATF along with Creek County Sheriff’s investigators comb the property near Mounds. They were seen focusing their efforts near a metal barn.

Around 9 am Tuesday morning, Mounds residents saw they had company.

“A bunch of cop cars,” said Brennon.

Many were unmarked lawmen.

“All thirty of them were headed on my road so I knew something was going on,” said Joe Carner.

He followed the cars and saw federal agents and Creek County deputies on the ground behind his property.

“They were searching for something, they were taking pictures of the ground, they were searching on the ground, searching the buildings, there was definitely something going on,” said Carner.

The father was getting calls from all of his neighbors wanting to know what was going on.

“I didn’t hear any yelling or gunfire. Whatever it was they had under control,” said Carner.

The FBI, ATF and Creek County Sheriff’s Office said it was a joint investigation.

In the past couple of months several neighbors said they heard explosions. They didn’t know what it was but Carner said he heard about it too.

“They knew it was louder than gunfire but couldn’t identify where it had come from,” said Carner.

As other families watched the investigators search the grounds they told FOX23 News off camera investigators told them to get away from the property because they were searching for bomb making materials.  

Tuesday night, FOX23 News spoke to an administrator with Jenks Public
Schools at the time said they became aware of a potential situation with a student that may have involved some type of device. They said no kids were ever in danger.

“Just curiosity would make you wonder with your neighbors to make sure everything is okay,” said Carner. “I have a family, my grandkids play here. I want to make sure they are safe.” 

Another neighbor said the FBI approached her last week and asked her what she knew about her neighbor and showed her pictures of pipe bombs. Today she was told to move her animals.

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aleman - 12/5/2012 5:38 PM
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Ready for the bugfarm

Mayor Maynot - 12/5/2012 4:39 AM
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Probably didn't need to take that project to school for show and blow.

James B - 12/4/2012 10:34 PM
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Probably just blowing up beaver dams
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