A fan in the garage of a Kansas City-area man who recently retired said the fan blowing up was part of an ongoing dispute between him and his estranged wife.
The fan, a Kawasaki TurboFan, was deflated in the fall of 2015 after the wife allegedly had a heated argument with her husband over a car loan, according to the Kansas City Star.
A fan, which is commonly called a garage exhaust fan due to its resemblance to a tire jack, has a unique mechanism in which the fan can be deflated to make the air in the exhaust fan blow back out.
The exhaust fan can also be mounted in the driveway to cool down the garage, according the Star.
The woman allegedly threatened to leave the family home and her husband told the Kansas County sheriff’s office the fan was deflating her garage and causing her home to be “frozen over.”
The couple divorced in January, according with the Kansas county sheriff’s department.
The man told investigators he and his wife were still living together when the fan blew up.
The Kansas County Sheriff’s office reported the fan’s deflated mechanism broke, causing it to deflate and blow out of control.
A spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol said the woman has not been arrested.
The deflated fan reportedly deflated after her husband left the garage in October.
A K-9 unit was also sent to the home to search for evidence of the alleged crime.
The vehicle returned with no sign of the deflated device.
The home is in an area where there are several active arson cases, according police, the Star reported.
The incident comes at a time when the Kansas Association of Fire Fighters has expressed concern about the state of the air quality in the region, according and the Kansas Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said last month that there is a high likelihood of a new fire season in the area due to climate change.