CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. -- A hand grenade exploded in a speeding car near scenic Crater Lake, destroying the vehicle and killing the driver, authorities say.
Police said the victim of the Sunday explosion carried three sets of identification in a car believed to be stolen from a San Diego car rental firm.
FBI agent Mike Miller said the vehicle also contained two rifles, an automatic handgun and two sets of California license plates.
Mark Forbes, acting superintendent of Crater Lake National Park, said officials believe a hand grenade caused the explosion that ripped through the suspect's car, ending a chase that reached speeds in excess of 65 mph.
The blast occurred about 7 miles south of the park headquarters and about 2 miles after the ranger began the chase of a northbound vehicle traveling about 65 mph in a 45 mph hour zone.
The ranger said she saw sparks and what appeared to be an explosion in the vehicle before it veered off into a gully where it traveled about 500 feet before hitting a rock embankment.
No one else was injured in the 7 a.m. blast.