NORMAN, Okla. - The mystery surrounding a man who killed himself outside the National Weather Center in Norman continues to unravel.
Late Friday afternoon, the FBI identified the man found burned to death inside his car as Allen Rouse from Wichita, Kansas.
It was a very scary situation for those who work there.
“When I heard car fire, I thought, 'Well, lucky it wasn't me.' But once I heard the devastating news, I just really hope it wasn't a student,” said Dan Brown, a meteorology student.
At this point, investigators tell us they aren’t sure whether he has any connection to the campus.
On Friday, the gate was gone from the spot where Rouse crashed through it with his fiery car.
Officials say he chose to crash through the back loading area.
The FBI has taken over the investigation after police found what were possible explosive devices in the back of his car.
Multiple sources close to the investigation told NewsChannel 4 that Allen Rouse poured an accelerant all over himself and his car before lighting it on fire and plowing through the gate.
“We're a very close-knit community here and just something like that even happening on our campus, it brings a little bit of concern,” Brown said.
We know a few people tried to rescue Rouse from his car on Thursday, but said it didn’t appear that he wanted to get out.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze and the OU Police Department called in the bomb squad.
Our sources say investigators found what appeared to be containers or bags concealing some sort of material, and they were detonated.
Fortunately, no one else got hurt.
We requested the surveillance video of the fiery crash, but the FBI is not releasing it at this point.