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Man tampering with gas line critically injured, cops say

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PLANO, Texas -

A man was critically injured in Plano on Monday while apparently tampering with a high pressure gas line.

The incident happened just after midnight in the 3600 block of W Parker Road, in the central portion of the city, police said.

Investigators responding to 911 calls reporting a loud boom in the area said they found the injured man and a trail of blood leading to a damaged Atmos natural gas regulation and distribution station that was leaking gas.

Police said the unidentified man lied about just having been hit by a car. Instead they believe he successfully detonated an explosive device he had attached to the gas pipe and was hit with shrapnel.

Plano Police Officer David Tilly said the man was taken to Medical Center of Plano with life-threatening injuries. Witnesses said he had puncture wounds on his chest and face as if he had been shot with a shotgun.

Agents with the FBI and ATF were assisting officers with the investigation.

Late Monday evening they searched a home in the 3200 block of Anchor Drive several miles away from the gas line. However, no information about the suspect was released.

The man's motive is still unknown.

A portion of westbound Parker Road was closed Monday morning for the investigation and repair work. No gas service was interrupted.

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