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Spokane Police arrest man who set off explosive device in Bemiss neighborhood

UPDATED: Sun., June 28, 2020

The scene of a bombing Sunday afternoon in the Bemiss neighborhood of Spokane.   (Emma Epperly / The Spokesman-Review)
The scene of a bombing Sunday afternoon in the Bemiss neighborhood of Spokane.  (Emma Epperly / The Spokesman-Review)

Authorities quickly arrested a teenager thanks to the help of witnesses after an explosion in a residential neighborhood near Rogers High School on Sunday afternoon.

Police received reports of a loud explosion in the 1700 block of East Rockwell Avenue at about 4 p.m. Sunday, according to a Spokane Police Department news release . 

Before the explosion a man wearing a mask carrying a Shop-Vac style vacuum was seen walking down the street, then running back toward where he had just come from. Moments later the explosion was heard, witnesses told police. 

The vacuum exploded, damaging three cars parked on the street with evidence of the explosion found up to 75 feet away. 

Witnesses described the suspect to police when they arrived on scene. 

Police arrested 18-year-old Titan A. Bennett, who faces a charge of  felony malicious explosion of a substance in the second degree. Authorities described the device as a “bomb” in the news release. 

Bennett was arrested minutes after the first officer arrived on-scene. Witnesses guided the officer to where the suspect was last seen jumping a fence.

While it’s unknown if fireworks were involved in the making of the device, SPD reminded Spokane residents that fireworks are illegal in city limits. 

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