BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Two men are in Washington County custody after they were found to be traveling with an alleged explosive device early Sunday morning.
George Allen Elmore, 25, of Elk City, Kan., faces charges of manufacturing an explosive device, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony and intoxication.
Hunter Duane Kincaid, 23, of Copan, faces charges of manufacturing an explosive device, driving while intoxicated and traveling with an open container.
Both were arraigned in Washington County District Court on Monday. Their bonds are set at $75,000.
According to the affidavit, a deputy at around 5 a.m. on Sunday was driving south on County Road 4010 when he noticed a vehicle heading the same direction turn its lights out and turn them back on after it had turned onto County Road 1500.
The deputy then conducted a traffic stop on the four door Chevy truck and noticed in approaching it that it smelled of alcohol. The deputy asked the driver, identified as Kincaid, why he was driving with his lights off and if he had been drinking.
The man responded he was hoping that by turning off his lights, the car he saw behind him would pass. He also reportedly told the deputy he had had “a few,” said the affidavit.
Asked if he had had any weapons in the vehicle, Kincaid responded no. Another deputy who had since arrived on scene though saw an AR-15 magazine in the truck.
Kincaid and his passenger, Elmore, a few minutes later after being patted down by the deputies, told them they did have weapons. The deputies then conducted a search of the vehicle and found a cold open can of beer, a .17 HMR revolver and an AR-15.
In the rear of the truck they found a “white solid type substance with an orange in color type straw coming up out of the center with a green in color type cord protruding out of it.”
Elmore reportedly told the deputies the device was a “homemade firework.” The two men after further question said the device was “cultured marble” on the outside and had a full can of Pyrodex — a propellant typically used in muzzleloading and black powder cartridges — on the inside, said the report.
The green cord, they said, was a fuse.
Deputies then handcuffed the two men and had them transported to the county jail. They then called the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's bomb squad and the ATF.
The bomb squad arrived at 7:50 a.m. and, after using a robot and a 12 gauge shotgun slug, were able to crack the casing open. The bomb technicians determined the powder inside was flammable and the green cord was a fuse. They said the device was “definitely an explosive device and not a firework” and stated if it had exploded, it would have possibly sent shrapnel flying.
According to the report, livestock and tank batteries were in the area where deputies discovered the bomb.
Both men are due back in court on August 27.
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