BAPD Release Body Cam Of Traffic Stop Involving Explosive Device

Thursday, January 27th 2022, 9:26 pm

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -

Broken Arrow Police release body camera footage today showing an officer realize there's an explosive device in a car during a traffic stop.

While the device might have looked like it couldn't have done much damage, an ATF agent disagrees.

ATF resident agent in charge, Ashley Stephens, said regulated fireworks have to have less than 50 milligrams of explosive powder.

This device had substantially more than that and was absolutely dangerous.

"Treat everything as dangerous as possible, it's easy to deescalate from that point than it is to escalate from that point," he said.

Stephens said while the device looked something as simple as fireworks taped together, it's actually very dangerous.

Items like fishhooks, screws and rivets were taped and stuffed inside the device.

"That shrapnel that's added, you don't know where it's going, and anybody in that near proximity can get hit, they can lose an eye, God forbid it hits an artery and they could bleed out and die," he said.

He said the situation was handled exactly how it should have been. While many think you have to light the device for it to explode, that's not entirely true.

"You think you can just light it, and if you don't light it, you're safe, you can handle it, you can mess with it, but that's not the case. All explosives are sensitive to heat, static, shock, and friction," he said.

Zane Bennett has been charged in federal court with making the explosive device, after police said he admitted doing it in a hotel and wanted to blow up watermelons.