Stiffer punishments are being sought against the man whom authorities allege caused an explosion outside an Amity store.

Stiffer punishments are being sought against the man whom authorities allege caused an explosion outside an Amity store.
Amity’s Zachary Whisenhunt, 29, has been charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and terroristic threatening, plus a single count of criminal mischief resulting in damages exceeding $1,000.
Amity Police Chief B.J. Johns responded to a call from Jeremy’s Sport Stop last month in regards to a report that a man who had allegedly made threats and had shot at the gas pumps.
Moments minutes later, Johns received a second call from Clark County dispatchers who informed him they had received a call disclosing that the man had caused an explosion.
Upon arrival Johns encountered Officer Nathan McAnally, who was attempting to extinguish a blaze that had engulfed a vehicle. The flames threatened nearby vehicles, a propane tank and homes. It was noted that all employees were locked inside the Sport Stop.
After talking with store employees, it was learned that Whisenhunt had approached them from across the street. Whisenhunt allegedly swore at them and threatened the employees. Personnel reported Whisenhunt was armed with firearm and they had locked themselves inside after hearing things hitting the store and gas pumps. When Whisenhunt went to a side of the residence, they heard an explosion and saw smoke.
Whisenhunt faces up to 12 years in prison on each of the five charges. Owing to his status as a habitual offender, prosecutors are requesting extended prison time.