The Latest: Boy on bicycle was hurt in fatal Nevada blasts

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Posted: Jul 14, 2016 6:15 PM

PANACA, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on explosions that killed one person in a small Nevada town (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

The sheriff of a rural Nevada town rocked by twin bomb blasts that killed the suspected bomber and destroyed a home and a vehicle says the only other person injured was a boy riding a bicycle nearby.

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee said Thursday that the boy was struck in the chest by a piece of debris, and he wasn't seriously injured.

Lee calls it amazing that no one else was hurt in the blasts late Wednesday in Panaca (pah-NAK'-uh).

Several neighboring homes are damaged and four remain evacuated while federal, state and local investigators comb the area just off Main Street for other explosives — and for clues about what led to the bombing.

Authorities haven't identified the suspect.

Lee says there's no reason to suspect terrorism. But he says the bombs were powerful devices and that some debris landed up to a mile away.

Nevada state public safety chief Jim Wright says it'll take time to put the pieces together to find out exactly what happened and why.

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2:45 p.m.

A sheriff says a man killed in twin bomb blasts that destroyed a vehicle and damaged a home in a small Nevada town was the suspected bomber.

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told reporters Thursday that federal, state and local authorities are still checking the area for other devices, and 30 people are unable to return to neighboring homes in Panaca.

Lee isn't identifying the suspect, but he says authorities know his identity.

A mother and two daughters escaped the home unhurt — moments before the blasts late Wednesday just off the main street of the high-desert town a 165-mile drive from Las Vegas.

The sheriff says a father and another daughter weren't home, but they are safe.

Lee says some blast debris landed a mile away.

Officials are asking people not to touch anything that landed on their property, but to let investigators retrieve it.

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12:55 p.m.

Authorities say one person was hurt in the explosions that killed another person in a rural Nevada town.

The Lincoln County sheriff's office said Thursday that one person suffered non-life-threatening injuries from the Wednesday evening blasts on a residential street in Panaca.

The sheriff is expected to discuss the preliminary investigation at a press conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Panaca Fire Department.

The state has deployed resources from multiple agencies to the small farming community near the Utah border.

Las Vegas police, the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also are investigating.

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11:50 a.m.

A neighbor says shrapnel from two explosions in a rural Nevada town landed as far as a block away on his property.

Dave Free of Panaca said he has broken windows, car parts in his driveway and shrapnel next to his horse feeder. He said his family and animals weren't hurt, though they were shaken by the blast.

Free says the shrapnel could have hit his young grandsons, who feed the horses. He says they could have been killed and that "it could have a real bad deal."

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee says one person was killed. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says its agents are going to investigate the car explosion.

Authorities have released few other details.

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9:30 a.m.

A neighbor says a pair of explosions in a small Nevada town destroyed a car, damaged homes and left a person dead.

Richard Katschke says the blasts rocked his house and damaged others about 165 miles north of Las Vegas. He said his home had very minor damage and that his family is "very shaken but OK."

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee said one person was killed.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokeswoman Helen Dunkel said its Vegas-based agents are heading to the rural area to investigate the car explosion as part of a multiagency task force that handles bomb investigations.

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7:55 a.m.

A sheriff says a pair of explosions in a small Nevada town killed one person and prompted a request for a bomb unit to respond from Las Vegas, about 165 miles away.

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee said in a statement Thursday that the blasts occurred about 8 p.m. Wednesday in Panaca (pah-NAK'-uh).

A sheriff's dispatcher says the blasts weren't at a business, and it didn't appear that anyone else was injured.

Las Vegas police Lt. Carmen Donegan tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/29RaoXW ) that the department's ARMOR unit was sent Thursday to the scene. ARMOR stands for All Hazards Regional Multi-Agency Operations and Response.

Other department officials didn't immediately respond to messages.