Pa. police remove explosive from Clarion-area I-80 ramp
(NTARC) The Clarion exit of Interstate 80 was shut down for nearly four hours Monday after PennDOT workers discovered what appeared to be a homemade explosive device along the eastbound off-ramp to Route 68 around 11 a.m., state police said.
The device was a liquid filled plastic bottle with batteries attached using duct tape and wires leading between the batteries and the liquid, police said. A state police explosives unit from Harrisburg was flown in to the scene and the Erie Bomb Squad also responded to the scene, police said.
The explosives units worked to detonate the device, but the device failed to detonate and was collected as evidence, police said. Clarion Fire Department and Clarion Hospital Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene as well. The roadway was reopened to traffic at 2:45 p.m., police said.
(AP) PITTSBURGH — Harrisburg explosives experts flew to Clarion and an Erie bomb squad rushed to assist when state police found an apparent explosive device on an Interstate 80 off ramp.
The device was a plastic bottle with liquid inside attached to a battery with wires. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation workers found it early Monday, causing the Monroe exit ramp to close for about four hours.
The device didn’t explode. Police are analyzing it to try to identify who planted it.
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