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Homemade bomb discovered on side of the road

What would you do if you saw something on the side of the road that looked like a possible explosive device? 

On June 20, 2022, at approximately 2:35 p.m., the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Newaygo City Hall for a possible homemade firework complaint.

Newaygo County Central Dispatch advised that a citizen found an unknown device on the side of the road. The citizen then brought the device to the City of Newaygo Police Department for an officer to look at it. A Newaygo Police Officer looked at the device and requested the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office to respond since the device had been located outside of the city.

Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and immediately noticed that the device was not a firework. The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office requested the Newaygo Fire Department to respond to close roads near City Hall. Michigan State Police Bomb Squad was also requested and responded to the scene.

The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad arrived on scene and took the device to a secure location and detonated the device.

The device was found to be a homemade bomb.

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office spoke with the citizen that found the device and located the area where he found it. The Michigan State Police was contacted and responded to the area with a K-9 dog trained in detecting explosives. The area was checked and nothing suspicious was located.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind people that if they locate suspicious packages or devices to leave them alone and call 911.

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the Newaygo Police Department, Michigan State Police, Newaygo Fire Department, and Newaygo County Central Dispatch.

Bob Mendham, Sheriff

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