(SAGINAW, Mo.) — Redings Mill Fire Department were alerted by Newton County Sheriff’s Officers that a possible explosive device was spotted by a passerby at a vacant property near Saginaw Road.
The Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad was summoned to assist. Redings Mill Fire Department were on scene until they arrived.
The man, name withheld, told Joplin News First he pulled into the former gas station to make a phone call. He noticed what appeared to be a nice bag near the vacant building.
He told us he looked at it closer and as a Veteran he recognized it was something authorities should check out. He called 911.
It was discovered a little after 9:00 AM, the device was found to be an IED (improvised explosive device).
Redings Mill Fire Department blocked South Rangeline traffic while the device was safely detonated on site around 12:10 PM.
“Fire in the hole! Fire in the Hole! Fire in the Hole”Springfield Fire Fighter yelled in all directions before detonation
Newton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating. More information as it becomes available. Shannon Becker is live! on the scene for Joplin News First.