Thursday, January 4, 2018

Police Investigation Underway After Explosive Device Found in Brandonville Late Wednesday

An investigation is underway after an explosive device was found in East Union Township.

According to East Union Township Police, on Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 around 9:00pm,  East Union Twp Police Officer Matthew Williams was investigating a suspicious vehicle report in the area of the Pumping Station Dam on Pole Road in Brandonville.

During the course of the incident which involved two adult and two juvenile males, Williams recovered a plastic toolbox from inside the vehicle. 

Upon initial exam of the tool box at the location, Williams discovered numerous bags and bottles of powder substances which were inside. 

The toolbox was then transported back to the East Union Township Police Station at 10 E Elm Street Sheppton for further examination. 

Williams and Chief TJ Rentschler, then discovered two fused devices. One appeared to resemble a pipe bomb and the other a unknown type explosive device. 

Upon finding these devices Rentschler then contacted the ATF and Pennsylvania State Police Bomb Squad for further instructions and assistance. 

At the direction of these agencies, police were advised to secure the area of the devices until arrival authorities. 

The bomb squad used an electronic robot to recover the items, due to the nature of the devices and substances found.

Once the devices were recovered by the bomb squad, they were transported to a secure location within the Township and a controlled implosion was conducted to destroy them. 

Police cleared the scene around 4:30 am. 

Police were assisted by other local police agencies including Sheppton Oneida Fire Company who were on stand by in station during the recovery process. 

East Union Police along with ATF and PSP will be conducting the joint investigation on this matter. 

Investigation in underway and arrests are to follow.

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