Sunday, October 02, 2005

Student who went boom in OK blast identified

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A University of Oklahoma student was identified Sunday as the person who was killed in an explosion near a packed football stadium, authorities said Sunday.

The body is believed to be that of Joel Henry Hinrichs III, 21, Salvador Hernandez, Special Agent in charge of the FBI in Oklahoma, said in a news release. A student telephone book lists Hinrichs with a permanent address as Colorado Springs, Colo.

Hinrichs was killed when an explosive device detonated around 8 p.m. Saturday near Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where more than 84,000 people were watching the Oklahoma Sooners play the Kansas State in a Big 12 Conference game.

There were no other reports of injuries and OU President David Boren said spectators were never in danger.

Officers cordoned off an area west of the stadium and no one was allowed to leave the stadium immediately after the blast for security reasons. Spectators who wanted to leave were allowed to go about 30 minutes later.

Boren initially said a police bomb squad detonated explosives found at the site of the blast, but later said further investigation determined that the second detonation was done by the bomb squad to ensure there was not a second device.

Investigators have no information to suggest there is any additional threat posed by others related to the explosion, Hernandez said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, OU police, Norman police and the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office also are investigating the incident.