April 5, 2012 (Reuters) HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIALS DENY TERRORIST LINK IN NEBRASKA EXPLOSIONS. At a midnight press conference, Homeland Security spokeswoman Lisa Perkins denied any link between the explosions in North Platte and any known terrorist activity. Full statement follows:
Ladies and gentlemen, we thank you for your patience as we have been working to find out what happened and how best to respond. We regret the necessity of controlling access to the area, but this will continue until we are certain there is no further danger.
As far as we can determine, a massive accidental fertilizer explosion has destroyed the town of Tryon as well as the nearby Great Plains Cruciform Array. Our initial investigation, in conjunction with the Nebraska Bureau of Investigation, the Nebraska Highway Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has verified that there are no survivors.
We have just begun our investigation, and we hope to have more answers for you soon. However, at this time we have very little information. Our sympathies are with the families of those who have been lost. As soon as we have more definitive information, we will share it immediately. Thank you and good night.
Perkins did not take questions.