ROCK CREEK - A local man is in jail
facing nine charges following what authorities called a "prank gone
wrong" that caused an explosion at a convenience store.
The explosion happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday at the
Little General on West Virginia Route Three in Rock Creek, according to Trooper
First Class C. N. Workman with the Whitesville detachment of State Police.
Workman said three employees received minor injuries: one person was
transported to Raleigh General Hospital, while the other two were treated and
Bill Lee Jarrell, 58, of Rock Creek is charged with possession
of an explosive device, criminal use of an explosive device, committing a
terrorist hoax, three counts of wanton endangerment with an explosive device
and three counts of causing injury with an explosive device.
Jarrell admitted to making the device
inside a soda bottle as a prank to scare a friend, according to Workman. When
the device exploded, the gas entered the store's ventilation system, which
resulted in multiple injuries.
Jarrell is in Southern Regional Jail
on $25,000 bond.