Explosive device found by arrowhead hunter
24 miles north of Rock Springs
by Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office
August 22, 2008
Another explosive device was safely destroyed by the Sweetwater Bomb Squad on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, according to Sweetwater County Undersheriff Craig Jackson.
A Rock Springs man out arrowhead hunting found the device in the sagebrush about 24 miles north of Rock Springs and notified authorities.
Jackson said the device was a seismic charge used in oil exploration operations weighing about four pounds. White in color, about two feet long and approximately three inches in diameter, the device’s charge was the general equivalent of several sticks of dynamite.
Bomb Squad technicians Corporal Debbie Tippy of the Green River Police Department and Detective Tony Niemiec of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office exploded the device around 5:00 PM Wednesday.
Only a few days ago bomb techs disposed of a package of blasting caps turned into the Daggett County Sheriff’s Office in Manila, Utah.
"The man who called in did exactly the right thing," Jackson said. "It would be impossible to exaggerate the danger in handling such materials and devices. If you encounter one, get away from it and call in immediately."
The Sweetwater Bomb Squad is a team comprised of specially-trained officers from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Rock Springs and Green River Police Departments.
Editor’s Note: Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office Detective Dick Blust told Pinedale Online the Sheriff’s Department does not believe these recent incidents with explosives are connected with each other in any way, or that there is foul play involved in any of the incidents. He said should the public ever encounter this kind of a device, to use extreme caution and notify authorities immediately.