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UPDATE: Explosive device found on barge

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 1:23 PM EDT
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ST. MARYS, W.Va. (WTAP) - Authorities have confirmed a homemade explosive device was found on a barge on the Ohio River.

The West Virginia State Police had a bomb squad on scene Thursday near the Pleasants County and Tyler County lines.

Pleasants County Sheriff Chuck Mankins said the device was safely removed.

The Ohio River was closed between mile markers 145 and 151 while the bomb technicians worked.

There has been no word on if the river has reopened.

Sheriff Mankins said the public should not worry.

He said no arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon.

The state police are handling the investigation in cooperation with the FBI and ATF.

A bomb squad is investigating an object on a barge near the border of Pleasants County and Tyler County.

Pleasants County Sheriff Chuck Mankins said he got a call about the object around 11:30 Thursday morning and confirmed the West Virginia State Police Bomb Squad is on the barge.

Mankins said no injuries have been reported.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Ohio River has been closed from mile marker 145 to mile marker 151 to create a safety zone.

We have a reporter at the scene and will continue to update this story as we learn more.

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