Arrest made in Ward County ditch fire, explosion

MINOT, N.D. – Ward County deputies have arrested a 36-year-old man following an investigation into a fire and explosion in a ditch in northeast Minot Thursday.

Patrick Wagner will face charges of endangering by fire or explosion and possession of a bomb, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Investigators say a deputy on patrol observed a fire in a ditch shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of 55th Street NE.

As the deputy pulled up to the scene, an explosion occurred. Witnesses observed a pickup truck near the scene that left as the deputy arrived.

Wagner is in custody in the Ward County Jail.

No one was hurt.

Minot Police assisted the investigation.