Paul D. Cramm

33-Year-Old Man Arrested After An Explosives Investigation

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – 33-year-old Jeffrey Schelbar was arrested on Thursday after a warrant was issued for him, related to an investigation that started in September.

As a result of that investigation, Schelbar faces one count of criminal use of explosives.

The incident took place in the 10200 block of Melrose on September 25 when Overland Park police responded after someone in the neighborhood heard a loud explosion in the early morning hours. The night before, the Kansas City Royals clinched the American League Central Division.

However, investigators soon came to know that the explosive noise heard by the neighbor was not celebratory.

Schelbar was eventually interviewed by the police about the incident. He was accused of possessing, manufacturing or transporting a combination of potassium perchlorate and aluminum powder. A combination of these elements creates a flash powder commonly used for pyrotechnics as revealed by the literature from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

It is considered a commercial explosive and Schelbar was arrested and sent to jail as a result. He is being held on a $50,000 bond pending a court appearance.

Neighbor Janet Maxey stated, “I would hope there would be some serious consequences, even if it was horsing around, and I’m hoping not terrorism you would want them to take it seriously because of the magnitude of what could have happened.”

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This practice has been exclusively devoted to all levels of criminal defense from misdemeanor offenses in municipal court to felony matters in the Federal courts of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. Paul D. Cramm is qualified to provide defense in Capital and Death Penalty cases.