An unidentified male faces charges after law enforcement officials discovered a possible bomb in a vehicle Wednesday at an eastside Sedalia trailer park.
Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond told the Democrat Wednesday evening that deputies arrived at Lone Pine Trailer Park in the 1300 block of East Boonville Road to serve six arrest warrants and a search warrant at about 1:15 p.m.
According to a sheriff’s office press release, the warrants “were in connection with a series of continuing disputes that have occurred recently in the park, which have included assaults and repeated peace disturbances involving both adults and juveniles.”
“All six arrests were made and evidence in the crimes, including a weapon and ball bat, was seized during the operation,” the release stated.
In the course of their search, deputies found what Bond described as a “suspicious device” and a handgun in the front seat of a car parked at the trailer park and belonging to a known felon.
An unnamed male was arrested at the scene and faces charges related to the handgun, as well as being in possession of the device. Officials then contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Jefferson City, which dispatched a disposal crew and a bomb squad truck to the scene. The crew used a robot to
examine the device, though Bond said the examination was inconclusive so a projectile attached to the robot was fired into the device.
“The projectile is similar to a shotgun shell, “Bond said. “When it went off it made a bigger boom than it should have, which suggested there was some type of explosive in the device.”
Bond said the remnants will be examined by investigators before making an official determination.
“The person arrested will face charges on the handgun in the vehicle,” Bond said. “But they are also facing charges related to the suspicious device. Whether it was real or simulated, it is still against the law to have it.”
Amber Reed, a resident of Lone Pine, told the Democrat at the scene that deputies evacuated her and her neighbors from their homes around 2:30 p.m.
“They said they found something and everybody needed to get out,” Reed said.