Rock Creek man arrested following explosion from 'prank gone wrong,' according to authorities

Local - 7/23/2014 10:55 AM by Rebecca Turco

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 released on-scene.

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.


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