Owasso police say pipe-bomb like device had no danger of exploding

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OWASSO, Okla. —

Owasso police are continuing to investigate after a device that looked like a pipe bomb prompted an evacuation at The Greens at Owasso apartment complex Friday morning.
 
The device turned out to be non-explosive.
 
Around 7 a.m. person who lives at the apartments come to take out the trash. That’s when he found a device that looked like a pipe bomb that triggered a two hour long evacuation.
 
“I heard, ‘It’s Owasso police, we need you to evacuate,” said Alexandra Ellison, who lives in the complex.
 
Ellison lived in one of the eight apartment buildings closest to the dumpster and had to evacuate.
 
“Tulsa bomb squad determined it was not an explosive device. It was an improvised launching device which is similar to an explosive device with no accelerant,” said Lt. Nick Boatman with Owasso police.
 
Police said the device was never in danger of exploding and police have spoken to the man who threw it out.
 
“There is no indication there was any intent to harm anyone. This may be just an incident where he threw something away that he probably shouldn’t have made in the first place,” said Boatman.
 
Now police are investigating to see how dangerous the device was and could have been and they’re talking with the district attorney’s office to find out just making the device is a crime.
 
Owasso police said they take these matters very seriously especially in light of an explosion this home in Owasso less than a month ago.
 
“Because of recent events this is on a lot of people’s minds and thankfully, this alert neighbor called us when they did because otherwise someone may have found it and manipulated it. And we don’t recommend that,” said Boatman.
 
Despite the inconvenience of the evacuation, Ellison is glad her neighbor called police too.
 
“If you think it’s something that could affect or harm the people in your community. Definitely, I think you should report it,” said Ellison.
 
The residents were evacuated to the clubhouse and once the Tulsa Police Bomb Squad took apart the device, they were allowed to go back home.

Owasso police are continuing to investigate after a device that looked like a pipe bomb prompted an evacuation at The Greens at Owasso apartment complex Friday morning.
 
The device turned out to be non-explosive.
 
Around 7 a.m. person who lives at the apartments come to take out the trash. That’s when he found a device that looked like a pipe bomb that triggered a two hour long evacuation.
 
“I heard, ‘It’s Owasso police, we need you to evacuate,” said Alexandra Ellison, who lives in the complex.
 
Ellison lived in one of the eight apartment buildings closest to the dumpster and had to evacuate.
 
“Tulsa bomb squad determined it was not an explosive device. It was an improvised launching device which is similar to an explosive device with no accelerant,” said Lt. Nick Boatman with Owasso police.
 
Police said the device was never in danger of exploding and police have spoken to the man who threw it out.
 
“There is no indication there was any intent to harm anyone. This may be just an incident where he threw something away that he probably shouldn’t have made in the first place,” said Boatman.
 
Now police are investigating to see how dangerous the device was and could have been and they’re talking with the district attorney’s office to find out just making the device is a crime.
 
Owasso police said they take these matters very seriously especially in light of an explosion this home in Owasso less than a month ago.
 
“Because of recent events this is on a lot of people’s minds and thankfully, this alert neighbor called us when they did because otherwise someone may have found it and manipulated it. And we don’t recommend that,” said Boatman.
 
Despite the inconvenience of the evacuation, Ellison is glad her neighbor called police too.
 
“If you think it’s something that could affect or harm the people in your community. Definitely, I think you should report it,” said Ellison.
 
The residents were evacuated to the clubhouse and once the Tulsa Police Bomb Squad took apart the device, they were allowed to go back home.