Monday afternoon has been identified as a homemade bomb, according to the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office.
At 2:35 p.m. Monday, deputies were called about a possible homemade firework complaint after someone found a device on the side of the road and brought it the Newaygo Police Department so an officer could look it over. The sheriff’s office was then requested because the device was found outside of the city.
Immediately, deputies recognized that the device was not a firework and contacted the Newaygo Fire Department to close roads near the city hall. The Michigan Bomb Squad then took the device and destroyed it in a secure location.
Michigan State Police were called in and took a K-9 trained in detecting explosives to the area where the bomb was found. Nothing suspicious was located in the area, according to the sheriff’s office.
Newaygo County Sheriff’s deputies are reminding people that if they find suspicious packages or devices, leave them alone and call 911.