Authorities find explosive device at Tahlequah propane company

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Several businesses and highways were forced to close on Thursday afternoon after a bomb was discovered outside of a propane business.

The bomb was found inside of a bag at the AmeriGas on Highway 62 on the south side of Tahlequah, according to police.

Tahlequah police chief Nate King told 2News authorities were dispatched to the business around 11:45 a.m. after a disturbance call.

King said a man tried to sell a hand gun at other nearby businesses before he walked into AmeriGas.

Police say after some type of disturbance at the AmeriGas, the man ran away but left his bag outside the front door.

The bag contained a manufactured explosive device, a hand gun and several personal items, according to police.

"One device that had capabilities of detonating and exploding, several other components that when ignited would combust," said King.

Authorities evacuated nearby businesses and closed area streets and highways for three hours as a bomb squad removed the device.

Investigators say they have indentified the suspect and his location but he has not been arrested.

"There are some factors at this time out of our control that prevent us from making an arrest," said King.

King expects an arrest to be made soon, but could not provide an exact timeframe.

Employees of the AmeriGas did not wish to provide comment about what happened.

Several agencies, including federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting with the investigation.

 

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