Last updated 2:02AM ET
December 18, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Vinton County bomb scare
(2008-07-16)
(WOUB) - Authorities in Vinton County got a little more than they bargained for last night when trying to help a McArthur resident dispose of some potentially hazardous household products.

McArthur Police Chief Tony Wood says he found a grenade-like explosive wrapped in a canvas sack of items he picked up from the home of 50-year-old James Petty around 10 p.m. last night.

He took the items to the Vinton County Sheriff's Department and called in the Columbus Bomb Squad to check things out.

Sheriff Dave Hickey says his office was evacuated and traffic was diverted around the area until the explosive device was made safe.

An all-clear was given at around 1:30 this morning.

Wood says it's common practice for residents to ask authorities to properly dispose of certain dangerous household chemicals.

And he thinks including the explosive device in the items was not an attempt to harm anyone but was still not the right thing to do.

Petty is facing three felony charges stemming from the incident, including unlawful use of a hoax weapon mass destruction.
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