Suspected explosive device scares Potawatomi reservation

MAYETTA, Kan. (WIBW) – Authorities called a bomb squad and redirected school buses Tuesday afternoon as they investigated a suspicious device at the Prairie Band Potawatomi reservation.

Tribal Police said a search warrant at a Buffalo Drive home uncovered a possible improvised explosive device in a bedroom closet. Officers closed the street and evacuated residents from the area as a precaution.

Authorities requested assistance from the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority bomb squad. They also asked Royal Valley School District administrators to reroute buses in the area.

Tribal Police said the MTAA bomb technician determined the device was not capable of detonating. Authorities declared the scene safe around 4:30 p.m.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to commend our officers for their quick thinking and quick action to keep everyone in the area safe should this be a functional explosive,” said Prairie Band President Potawatomi, Joseph Rupnick. “It’s the kind of situation that shows how our Tribal Police behave under pressure.”

Rupnick also thanked Tribal Fire/EMS and MTAA for their quick action and assistance.

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