Overland Park man charged with felony in explosives investigation

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Jeffrey Schelbar’s mug shot from the Johnson County Detention Center.

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A 33-year-old man was  arrested on Thursday after a warrant was issued for him related to an investigation that spans back to September. Jeffrey Schelbar faces one count of criminal use of explosives.

Overland Park police say they were sent to the 10200 block of Melrose on September 25 when someone in the neighborhood heard a loud explosion. It happened in the early morning hours after the Kansas City Royals clinched the American League Central Division the night before, but investigators say the explosion wasn't celebratory.

Police eventually interviewed Schelbar about the incident, and he's accused of possessing, manufacturing or transporting a combination of potassium perchlorate and aluminum powder.

According to literature from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the combination is a flash powder, which is commonly used for pyrotechnics.

"I would hope there would be some serious consequences, even if it was horsing around, and I`m hoping not terrorism you would want them to take it seriously because of the magnitude of what could have happened," said neighbor Janet Maxey.

Court documents say that regardless of Schelbar's knowledge of the substance, it is a commercial explosive. He's in jail and being held on a $50,000 bond. His first court appearance hasn't been announced yet.

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