Driver threw ‘homemade firework’ in Topeka Walmart parking lot, fire marshal says

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A homemade firework tossed out of a truck Monday morning is to blame for a reported explosion at a Topeka Walmart, according to the Topeka Fire Department.

A driver tossed a ‘homemade firework’ out of their vehicle around 9:50 a.m. at the Walmart at Southwest 16th and Wanamaker Road, Topeka Fire Marshal Michael Martin said.

Employees reported hearing an explosion, and some customers ran in and out of the store. A witness saw a cloud of smoke after the loud noise, and a white pickup truck driving away.

Martin said the device did not appear to be designed to cause damage or injury. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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