ATF evaluates explosives found at Northland apartments

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police removed explosives from an apartment at 66th Terr. & N. Broadway in the Northland on Thursday and they were to be examined by experts from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms bureau.

Police say they responded to the apartment at about 2:30 a.m. to check on a person whose family was concerned about their welfare after refusing to take medication.

During their welfare check, they found something that resembled an explosive device, and called in officers from the bomb squad.

"We're now in the process of removing what appears to be several explosive devices," captain Charles Huth said.

Authorities ordered the evacuation of about a dozen residents.

"We're always very careful," Huth said.  "We want to make sure everyone is safe."

"We found some precursor chemicals that could be combined to create an explosive,"  John Ham, spokesperson for ATF,  said. "And we found what we believe to be some explosive devices. At this point, I haven't seen the devices. So to give them a more accurate description, I can't."

"The devices and the chemicals will be sent today to the ATF forensic laboratory," Ham said. "It is specifically designed to handle explosive cases, so of course we will need results back from that to make a final determination."

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