Harper County authorities together with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad, Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation the ATF and the FBI are investigating a bomb found at the home of a Buffalo resident late Thursday night.

The initial information about the apparently homemade device was called into Harper County authorities by the resident at about 10 p.m. Thursday night, according to Harper County Deputy Derick Seevers.

“He called in on the regular line and told the dispatcher that there is an object that he thinks a deputy needs to come by and look at,” Seevers said. “He said it was something that is wrapped up inside black electrical tape and stuck inside...”

The specific information about the outer casing of the device is not being made public at this time, Seevers said.

At present, the device is in the hands of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad, which is the agency that neutralized it, and is being evaluated.

Seevers said he has no timeline yet on how long the evaluation could take.

In the mean time, the incident is being actively investigated by Harper County authorities, as there was enough evidence provided both by the resident who found it and items left behind to begin a solid investigation, Seevers said.

According to Seevers, there were no suspects as of early Friday afternoon, however there are four “persons of interest” in the case.

“The RP in the case, he gave us names of some people,” Seevers said. “He has been battling with some of the locals.”

It was the first bomb threat in Harper County that authorities there can remember, Seevers said.

It turned out to be an incident that, including the discovery, the deployment of a bomb squad, and the securing of the device, devoured much of the night, Seevers said.

After receiving the initial call from the resident who had discovered the device on his back porch, the dispatcher sent Deputy Kenton Love to the residence, who called the dispatcher back when he was able to view the suspicious device, Seevers said.

“He described it to the dispatcher,” Seevers said. “The dispatcher called me at home...told me what was going on and what she had and as soon as she told me and described it, I told her to tell Deputy Love to evacuate the residence and anyone within 100 feet.”

Seevers also told the dispatcher to contact the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Bomb Squad.

“At that point, I called the Sheriff, Marty Drew and the sheriff got out there at about 11:45 and helped us finish taping off the area,” Seevers said.

According to Seevers, Capt. David Moffitt with the OHP Bomb Squad arrived at about 2:30 a.m. and began to prepare a robotic bomb disposal unit. The unit was used to move the suspected bomb into a position that its remote handlers could view the bomb through one of five cameras on board the robot.

“Once they arrived, I took Capt. Moffitt as close as I could so he could get a view of where it was,” Seevers said.

While the bomb was placed in a difficult location, Moffitt and his squad were able to use the robot to reach the device and uncover it enough to identify whether it was a real device or a fake bomb.

“After he had put his suit on and gone in to see what it was, he came back here and took off his suit and told me that it was a good call, that it had been a real bomb but had already detonated.”

According to Seevers, the maker of the bomb had performed most steps correctly in the manufacture of the device, but had made some mistakes that had caused the bomb to detonate but with little impact.

Nevertheless, Seevers said the maker of the device could be facing many felony charges, as it is even a crime to make a fake bomb with the intent to make someone believe it is real.

“And this one was a real one,” he said.

Seevers urges those who find objects they do not recognize to avoid touching them and get away from the item while calling it in.

“You just cannot be sure what these things look like since none of them really look the same.”

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