OKEMAH, Okla., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Authorities said they discovered a pipe bomb attached to a natural gas line on a remote site in Oklahoma.
The 12-by-12-inch pipe bomb, disarmed by FBI and state officials, was found near Okemah, about 70 miles east of Oklahoma City Wednesday, The Oklahoman reported.
The Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Department notified the FBI about the pipe bomb around 11 a.m., FBI Special Agent in Charge James Finch said.
“Incidents like this illustrate why the state of Oklahoma places a high priority on emergency response plans and preparedness,” Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. “We don’t now know why an explosive device was left near Okemah, but we do know that the professionalism of our local law enforcement and public safety officials, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ensured that nearby areas and roads were quickly evacuated and the device was rendered harmless.”
She said the FBI would investigate the incident.