HENRYETTA, Okla. — A man was taken to a hospital early Monday morning after an explosion at a home in Henryetta, Okla., according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

OH boy, you know it must be good if the Top Men are involved.

An ATF special agent said the suspect was severely injured and he was flown to a Tulsa hospital. His current status is unknown.

I’m guessing “not good” if you have to be flown to a hosptial .

ATF will not be releasing his identity at the present time.

Special agent said authorities found the suspect’s car at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa with even more explosives. Around 4 p.m., agents said they found more of the suspect’s dangerous explosives around 4th and Main in Henryetta.

Maybe he was just trying to stop covid?

The area has been safely evacuated for the public’s safety.

This is an ongoing investigation.


  1. “Homemade” and “Explosives” are two words that really do not belong together in a sentence that one wants to be using in a real-world descriptive sense.

    There are reasons that explosives production plants are generally kept out of cities, and why you occasionally hear of them blowing the f**k up. Those are purpose-built facilities, with the best available engineering and equipment to prevent such things from happening. And, they still blow up. You, as an amateur, are not likely to improve that safety record, so therefore… The “FOOM” should not come as a surprise. It’s an inevitability.

    When I was a kid, there was this cool guy family acquaintance. He was a machinist, gunsmith, blackpowder firearms, and a minaturist all rolled into one. Also, had a bit too much money and time on his hands… He’d started out building little miniature steam engines, then his own flintlock blackpowder rifles, then replica 18th and 19th Century industrial dioramas. Ones that actually “worked”, if you can call producing itty-bitty quantities of things “working”. He was really good at it, and sold several of those to museums for big money.

    I don’t know if someone commissioned it, or if he just got a wild hair up his ass, but he decided to do a recreation of one of the first real industrial-scale blackpowder mills from around the time of the Revolutionary War. I want to say it was of the original DuPont one that was built somewhere along the Chesapeake Bay, but it’s been a long damn time since I thought about this guy, and it might have been something else. Anyway, it was one of the ones that blew up rather spectacularly, and that’s precisely what his model did, out in his workshop. Started a fire, burnt the place down before the volunteer fire department got out there.

    I don’t know if he was actually trying to mill real, usable blackpowder out there, but I find it rather humorous that the miniature recreation of that first major powder mill that blew up also blew up, and burned the workshop it was being built in down.

    Insurance came through, though–He got a bigger shop out of the whole thing. I don’t remember any details past that.

  2. “Homemade” and “Explosives” are two words that really do not belong together in a sentence that one wants to be using in a real-world descriptive sense.

    How very true.

    Here’s a report on an explosion I heard/felt first-hand. We lived in Reno at the time, and I distinctly remember the unique quality to this explosion:


    It was about a Richter 3.5 where we were. The large windows in the house suddenly pushed inwards, (I’m talking plate glass that’s like 4′ by 5′ – large expanses of unsupported, double-pane window), and then the ground wave hit and the house shook.

    We were about 12 miles away from the blast.

    A moment later, a second blast wave came through. The house shook even harder.

    My wife and I knew from the second blast/shock that this wasn’t a quake. It had a very different quality to the “boom” and shaking than a seismic event.

    The chemical plant was located in Mustang, which is a Census-designated place east of Sparks, NV along I-80. Everyone knows it for the “Mustang Ranch” cathouse, but that was really just a bunch of pre-fab trailers strung together down near the Truckee River in Mustang. Joe Conforte located it there because it was in Story County, not Washoe County – long story, interesting story, but not germane to our discussion of explosives.

    The explosives plant was north of I-80 in a canyon all to itself – sited pretty much the way Kirk says that such plants should be.

    Perhaps Kirk could add some observations about PETN and Comp-B.


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