TIPTON, OK (RNN Texoma) - Tipton police have released more information about a bomb scare which happened on Friday.
They say they were called to a residence in the 700 block of E. Main Street for a suspicious device. When they arrived they found a device which they said had the makings of a possible explosive device. After evacuating the residence and calling for assistance, they took a suspect into custody for questioning. The Fort Sill EOD Unit was dispatched to the scene to assist.
A soldier with the Fort Sill EOD team said the device was something he had never seen and has the potential to be an explosive. The soldier contacted another explosives expert for assistance.
Meanwhile, the Tillman County 911 Center received a call which said a “suicide bomber” was at Tipton school. Authorities went to the school and helped evacuate the buildings. After a search, it was determined the threat was a hoax.
Authorities went back to the original home and the device was identified as a “homemade electromagnetic purifier.” The EOD team explained that it could be used to remove impurities in water and food. They stated the device lacked certain components to be considered an explosive.
The scene was cleared and the original suspect was released from custody.
The Tipton Police Department’s entire post is below for you to read, along with a picture of the original suspicious device.