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Man arrested after allegedly setting off ‘explosive device’ in dumpster outside Oklahoma City gas station

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A man is behind bars after allegedly setting off a small explosion that forced officers to evacuate homes and shut down roads in northwest Oklahoma City.

On Thursday afternoon, Oklahoma City police officers were called to a Shell gas station near N.W. 16th St. and Portland Ave. after a loud noise and smoke started coming from the dumpster.

“I saw really big smoke around the dumpster. Everybody heard it. It was about 50 people that gathered around,” said Mahmood Hassan, an employee at the gas station.

Investigators soon learned that someone had set off a commercial grade firework in the store’s dumpster.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the explosion.

Officers arrested 52-year-old Vincent Bishop on charges of manufacturing or possessing an explosive device and manufacturing/delivering/possessing toxic substances with intent to engage in terror.