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Saturday, October 1, 2005
Updated: October 2, 7:28 PM ET
Apparent suicide bomb kills one outside OU stadium

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NORMAN, Okla. -- One person was killed in an explosion near a packed football stadium at the University of Oklahoma on Saturday night in what authorities said appeared to be a suicide.

The blast, in a traffic circle about 100 yards from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, could be heard by some in the crowd of 84,000, but university president David Boren said no one inside the stadium was ever in danger.

"We are apparently dealing with an individual suicide, which is under full investigation," Boren said in a statement. There was no information about the person who was killed, and no reports of any other injuries.

A police bomb squad detonated explosives found at the site of the blast. The area near the stadium was searched by bomb-sniffing dogs.

Dallas police Lt. Sally Lannom was attending the game with her husband and said she felt the blast.

"I could feel the concussion. It was a very helpless feeling. I knew it was a bomb," Lt. Lannom told The Dallas Morning News.

Jaclyn Hull, an OU freshman who left the game shortly before the explosion, said she saw "a little bit of smoke, about as much as you would see coming up from a grill."

Student photographer Keaton Fuchs told The Morning News that people in the stadium press box heard the boom and "looked out the back window of the press box."

Officers cordoned off an area west of the stadium after the explosion and nobody was allowed out of the stadium for about a half-hour after the blast, which occurred shortly before 8 p.m., about halftime of the Sooners' game against Kansas State. The game continued.

OU coach Bob Stoops told The Dallas Morning News that he learned of the explosion at halftime but didn't think there was anything he could or should do.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.