Equality Kansas says someone may have tried to create bomb in truck used for pride

2016 Wichita Pride Parade (KSN Photo)
2016 Wichita Pride Parade (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Members of Equality Kansas said someone may have tried to create a bomb at their main office.

Thomas Witt, Executive Director of Equality Kansas (KSN Photo)
Thomas Witt, Executive Director of Equality Kansas (KSN Photo)

They said it happened either the night of Sept. 25 or the morning of Sept. 26 in the 800 block of North Market.

A cable to the battery was found cut in the U-Haul truck used in this year’s pride festival. A gas can and a drill bit were found underneath.

“I will tell you cutting a battery cable and trying attaching it to a gas can has nothing to do with stealing gasoline. It has to do with trying to set someone on fire,” said Thomas Witt, Executive Director of Equality Kansas. “We have death threats, we have had someone shoot out one of our windows. We generally maintain public silence about threats toward our leadership and our organization, but this is a step too far.”

Although, they say the incident was done to make the truck into a bomb, police tell KSN News that is not how they are handling it.

“I’m not sure about any incinerator device. The only thing we’re investigating is cut wire to the truck,” said Sgt. Nikki Woodrow, Wichita Police Department.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive for the crime.

Meanwhile, Equality Kansas said they are improving security at their building.

“This form of terrorism does not work. Whoever did this failed, we’re not going to stop what we’re doing,” said Witt. “We’re always alert to threats, and we will remain alert to threats at this building.”