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Evacuations lifted after police detonate explosive material in South Jordan home

Posted at 4:16 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 00:45:29-04

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Residents of more than 150 homes were evacuated Friday after South Jordan Police say they found explosive materials inside the home of a man allegedly involved in a shootout with police Thursday night.

Police have since finished detonating the explosive materials inside the suspect's house, and residents are now allowed to return home.

The 168 homes in the area — between Bangerter Highway and 3200 West, and from 10200 South to 10400 South — were asked to voluntarily evacuate by door-to-door efforts as well as reverse-911 calls as police say they will have to detonate the materials inside 42-year-old Ryan McManigal's home. Thirty-four nearby businesses were also closed. Residents were initially told they may not be able to return home until Saturday morning.

Police say McManigal fired multiple shots as officers served a search warrant on his home Thursday around 11 p.m. following a week-long investigation. He was eventually taken into custody with no injuries to himself nor police.

A hazardous materials team was brought in and 14 homes were initially evacuated after the materials were discovered.

Officials gave an update on the evacuations Friday afternoon:

Residents who could not evacuate were advised to shelter in their basements if possible and to stay away from windows.

A loud explosion was heard shortly after 6 p.m., and FOX 13 was later told that two small explosives were detonated back-to-back. Two more detonations were set off between 9-10 p.m.

Police said the explosives caused major damage to the suspect's home and minor damage to others.