FBI won't reveal ID of man behind Plano blast

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on June 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 19 at 6:10 PM

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PLANO — The FBI still won't reveal the identity of the man who was seriously injured in an explosion in Plano late Sunday night.

Police believe the man tried to blow up an Atmos Energy regulator station which controls pressure to neighborhood natural gas lines.

In a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon, the FBI said "there is no current threat to public safety as related to this incident."

Early Tuesday morning, federal agents and the Plano police bomb squad found explosives at a house in the 3200 block of Anchor Lane.

The explosives were taken to a rural Kaufman County location to be detonated.

Neighbors believe the man at the center of the investigation lives in the house that agents searched all Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

Plano police are no longer talking about the explosion now that the FBI has assumed the role of lead agency in the investigation.

Neighbors who live near the blast site, just off the 3600 block of West Parker Road, are now questioning the safety of gas regulator stations.

"Hopefully, what they find is not going to be some sort of terrorist activity... but you don't know," said Jeff Bolt, a Plano homeowner.

Atmos Energy officials say above ground regulator stations are common in their service area. But the explosion late Sunday night has left homeowners with serious concerns about the potential for tampering — and a neighborhood disaster.

Plano interim Fire Chief Bill Peterson says damage from a bomb would depend on the device, size of the breach, force of the explosion, and the release of gas.

"We're not all that concerned," Peterson said. "There's a bigger risk of damage from vehicles."

Atmos officials sent a statement to News 8, assuring residents and their customers that natural gas pipelines and regulator stations are safe and reliable.

"When you see something like this, it's a wake up-call," Holt said. "You never know what can happen in your own neighborhood,"

Atmos officials say they monitor their equipment around the clock, but neighbors aren't feeling reassured.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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