Bomb found on natural gas pipeline in Central Oklahoma

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The FBI is investigating a bomb found on a natural gas pipeline in Central Oklahoma.

The "potential explosive device" was found on a natural gas pipeline just outside of Okemah, Oklahoma, by the Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office.

The local law enforcement contacted the FBI about the improvised explosive device (IED) attached to the pipeline about 5 miles south of Okemah. The explosive is a 1-foot-by-1-foot device with a timing mechanism attached. 

The operator of the natural gas pipeline has not yet been identified.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Technicians and Special Agent Bomb Technicians arrived on site, and the device was removed from the gas pipeline. The potential IED has been moved to a remote area for further examination.

According to the FBI, the device has been "rendered safe," and the pipeline has been thoroughly inspected for more devices. None has been found.

PennEnergy.com has contacted the local FBI division, and Special Agent Clay Simmonds confirmed the pipeline bomb and said that the FBI is currently investigating the incident. More information should be available soon, and PennEnergy will keep you updated.

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