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Police seek suspect in porta john explosion

Someone blew up this portable toilet at the Sand Lake Fourth of July celebration last week.

A childish prank at the Sand Lake Fourth of July Festival could have some not so childish consequences.

Sand Lake Police Chief Ken Williams said that someone blew up a porta john at Salisbury Park, about 10:10 p.m., on Sunday July 3. It was located on Maple near 6th St.

“It completely obliterated the porta john,” said Williams.

He declined to say what type of explosive was used, noting that they still need to have it analyzed. He did say that the suspect(s) could be charged with terrorism, among other things. “There was someone in the next porta john, so they endangered someone else’s life,” said Williams.

If you have any information on the explosion, call Sand Lake Police at (616) 799-1900.

This year’s celebration kept police busier than most years. There were 42 complaints, from missing children to a carnival worker that was electrocuted and died.

The autopsy report for Steven McCann, 41, of Jackson, showed that he died of electrocution and multiple blunt injuries from falling 36-feet to the pavement in the early morning hours of July 5. He was electrocuted after touching a power line while trying to fold up the Fireball.

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