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Brad Kollar: Man blows himself up with suicide bomb at home of William Shaner for 'snitching'

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  • Body of Brad Kollar, 40, found in explosives-laden truck after house explosion in Patton, Pennsylvania
  • Prosecutor says he tried to kill himself in same manner last summer, but bomb's fuse failed
  • William Shaner, 44, and his teen son was inside the building at time of blast near Pittsburgh
  • Force of explosion was so severe that house was leveled

By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press

PUBLISHED: 00:55 EST, 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:48 EST, 20 March 2013

A man who blew himself up outside a Pennsylvania home - injuring two others in what is believed to be a terrifying act of revenge - had tried to kill himself in the same fashion before, it has been revealed.

Brad Kollar, 40, used a 1,600-pound fuel bomb (similar to the ones used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing) last summer, months after he was arrested on charges of  possession of a controlled substance and chop shop charges, a prosecutor said.

Cambria County DA Kelly Callihan said her office asked a judge to revoke Kollar's bond after learning of the suicide attempt, which he discussed with his ex-girlfriend in a call that was recorded because she was in jail.

Shocking

Shocking: The remains of house explosion in Clearfield Township, Cambria County, Penn. on Tuesday morning

Two police officers, lower left, comb through what remains of a house that exploded in Clearfield Township, Pennsylvania

Two police officers, lower left, comb through what remains of a house that exploded in Clearfield Township, Pennsylvania

But Kollar's attorney objected and the judge agreed to let him remain free on bond while illegal possession of chemicals and stolen vehicle charges against him wound their way through the courts, Callihan said.

Kollar told the woman he was stressed about those legal troubles and tried to light the bomb's fuse three times, only to have it fail.

'Three times. When I talk about it, it makes my hair stand up,' Kollar said in the recording.

A transcript of the bomb hearing shows the judge refused to revoke Kollar's bond because he was never charged with making it and didn't threaten to use it on anyone else.

But on Tuesday morning, he did use it on someone else, driving to the home of 44-year-old William Shaner, whom Kollar believed had tipped off cops prior to his arrest.

Kollar's body was discovered inside his truck that was parked outside a home near Patton, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. The truck had been loaded with explosives.

Family: William Shaner, pictured back right with his wife Linda and three sons, was critically injured in the blast

Family: William Shaner, pictured back right with his wife Linda and three sons, was critically injured in the blast

Sources told The Tribune-Democrat that Kollar packed his car with explosives to get revenge on Mr Shaner, whom he believed had 'snitched' on him and his father, John Kollar, 64, who were arrested last year on possession of a controlled substance and chop shop charges.

The two were taken into custody on March 6, 2012, after authorities raided their home and found what they believed to be a meth lab.

Both the father and son were out on bail, but at the time of the Tuesday's blast, Brad Kollar was due in court for sentencing. He reportedly faced more than 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.

deceased

Deceased: 40-year old Brad Kollar's body was found inside his truck, with bombs strapped to himself outside a house in Pennsylvania

Mr Shaner was inside the building at the time of the explosion and was taken to Altoona Regional hospital. He was later flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

In an update posted to her Facebook page, Mr Shaner's wife Linda - who had been at work - said that her husband was still in bed and one of their sons was brushing his teeth.

The son, Ryan Shaner, had gotten out of the home and was helping his father out of the rubble when neighbors and drivers in the area rushed over to help.

Ryan was treated for minor cuts and scrapes, while his father was hospitalized for a skull fracture, six fractured ribs, and two fractured vertebrae. He underwent surgery last night.

Linda Shaner posted: 'It's going to be long road but we will make it through, there is too many on our side!!!! I love you all & again THANK YOU from me & my family !!!!'

The couple's other two children were not in the house, which was leveled by the force of the explosion.

Debris was strewn about the street in the aftermath of the explosion - which has left the neighborhood in shock.

'I just think it's scary, this close to home,' Luke J. Lansberry, whose house faces the destroyed home, told The (Altoona) Mirror.

'There's a bunch of kids that live around here,' added Randy Slovikosky, who owns a nearby landscaping business.

Hero: Moments after the blast, William Shaner, left, was helped out of the rubble of the home by his son Ryan, right, who had been brushing his teeth at the time

Investigation: Personnel from the Patton Volunteer Fire Company search the rubble of the house

Investigation: Personnel from the Patton Volunteer Fire Company search the rubble of the house

Officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were at the scene on Wednesday, scouring through debris to find out what kind of explosives were used.

ATF special agent Steve Bartholomew confirmed that the agency was involved in the investigation, but declined to provide details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Police and other investigators originally believed a methamphetamine lab might have been to blame for the blast not far from Route 36.

Trooper John Matchik said investigators had called the agency's Hazardous Device and Explosive Squad from Harrisburg to sift through a large area of debris to determine what leveled the home down to its foundation.

Police are in the process of speaking with the hospitalized men, Matchik said.

'We are following up with information and conducting things very, very methodically,' he told the Mirror.

'We want to make sure we don’t overlook anything.'

Gone

Gone: An aerial view shows that the home was completely flattened by the blast on Tuesday

Destructive

Destructive: A man blew himself up inside a truck outside a western Pennsylvania home on Tuesday morning, injuring two other people, one of them critically, authorities said

Act of revenge: Kollar reportedly developed his plot to get back at Mr Shaner, whom he believed had 'snitched' on him and his father, John Kollar, 64, who were arrested last year

Act of revenge: Kollar reportedly developed his plot to get back at Mr Shaner, whom he believed had 'snitched' on him and his father, John Kollar, 64, who were arrested last year

Mr Kollar was arrested, along with his father John Andrew Kollar, on March 6, 2012.

Police found stolen vehicles, explosives and chemicals, believed to be the precursors to setting up a meth lab, on the family's property.

The man's father was not available for comment after his son's suicide. 

Bradley Kollar’s mental status had reportedly been a concern for authorities for some time.

Court records show the DA's office tried unsuccessfully to have Kollar's bail revoked after receiving reports that he was contemplating suicide and may have access to explosives, according to the Tribune-Democrat.

Neighbors who lived near Kollar described him as a promising and bright man with a troubled past, according to WJACTV.com.

Calm

Calm: Neighbors said they are in shock that someone would plan the blast in a neighborhood where many children roman freely (pictured, the site before the Tuesday incident)

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