BROKEN ARROW -- An unknown type of explosive device blew up
Saturday killing a man in his garage.
The man, identified as Richard McAfee by relatives, was in his
garage at 1308 S. Narcissus Ave. shortly before 3 p.m. when
neighbors heard a loud boom, said Broken Arrow Police Sgt. Ed
Police said some type of explosive device caused the damage. The
explosion apparently did little damage to the garage, but cut off
electricity to the residence.
Three hours later the Tulsa Police Department's bomb squad
detonated another explosive device found at the house.
Residents from 14 nearby houses were evacuated as a precaution,
but were allowed back in their homes late Saturday night, Ferguson
"We think all the explosive devices have been removed from the
house," he said.
Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
were also investigating.
Marsha Jameson, a neighbor, said she heard a loud boom and felt
a small rumbling through her house.
Another neighbor, Bryan Mirzaian, said he heard the boom, which
sounded like a noise made by a generator.
Jameson said her two daughters were playing at the man's house
with his two daughters.
"Their little girls ran to the front of the house," Jameson
said. "His wife was standing there, asking, `Is he dead? Is he
Jameson went to the attached garage, and found her neighbor. A
hand and a foot were ripped from McAfee's body by the explosion,
and a "big chunk" of his side was missing, she said.
Inside the garage there was "fog-type" smoke, and an odor
similar to gun powder, Jameson said.
"It was a terrible smell," she said.
Jameson said several other neighbors came to the garage, too,
and saw McAfee gasping, with dilated eyes.
"He died by the time the ambulance got there," she said.
Inside the garage, an "ashy-looking" paper was scattered on the
floor, but everything else appeared to be normal, she said.
Jameson said the wife did not know what her husband had been
doing in the garage.
"She said he wasn't working on anything," Jameson said.
Jameson said the hood of a car in the garage was down, and it
did not appear McAfee was working on the vehicle.
Jameson said the couple had been married for seven months, and
that McAfee had been attending the Oklahoma Osteopathic College of
Medicine. She said he was to graduate this spring.
Jameson said every time she encountered McAfee, "He seemed real