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Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller didn’t quite know what was going on when he heard the first KABOOM.
At about 6 p.m. on April 23, Miller was in the parking lot of Save-A-Lot when he heard the boom and debris began to rain down on his cruiser.
“When I got out to investigate, another explosion occurred,” Miller said in his report. “I called for another officer to assist and did not know what I was dealing with.”
Miller began to investigate and found pieces of two-liter soda bottles around the parking lot.
At first, Miller thought the explosion and debris could be a result of a “shake and bake” method of cooking methamphetamine which uses plastic two-liter bottles to mix chemicals.
Then there was a second KABOOM and Miller told people in the parking lot to clear the area.
“At the point, I had no idea what was going on. It could have been anything,” Miller said.
Save-A-Lot Manager Craig Cable came out of the store and told Miller the sounds were probably pallets being thrown down in the back of the building.
Miller said the sounds were explosions of some sort and continued to investigate.
Cable went back inside and then returned along with two employees, Nicholas Smith, 20, of Corinth and David A. Smith Jr., 33, of Monterey.
The manager said the men had access to dry ice, which is used to keep ice cream cold during shipping, and they apparently made dry-ice bombs.
The bombs are created when water and dry ice are placed in an air-tight container. As the dry ice warms, it converts to a gas and expands and will shatter the container.
Cable told Miller that he had heard “louder than normal” noises in the back of the store but loud noises coming from the back of the store are routine.
During an interview with Miller, David Smith said he and Nicholas Smith each made one of the bombs and placed them on the ramp outside the store. The homemade bombs exploded soon after.
David Smith also said he saw a third bomb in Nicholas Smith’s hand.
David Smith said he heard three explosions and that he only made one of the bombs.
Miller said Nicholas Smith’s story kept changing and he was arrested and transported to the Carroll County Detention Center.
“Whenever you are just straight and honest with an officer, you are going to be better off,” Miller said. “If you keep changing your story, it puts up a lot of red flags.”
David Smith and Nicholas Smith were both charged with first-degree disorderly conduct.