Suspicious package brought to station was homemade bomb

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NEWAYGO, Mich. – Police in a Northwest Michigan city say a suspicious package found on the side of a road and brought to a police station was a homemade bomb.

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to Newaygo City Hall for a “possible homemade firework complaint,” after a citizen found an unknown device on the side of the road.

The citizen then brought the device to the City of Newaygo Police Department for an officer to look at it. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene and reported that it was not a firework. They requested the fire department to close nearby roads near city hall, and requested the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad to assist.

The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad arrived on scene and took the device to a secure location and detonated the device. The device was found to be a homemade bomb, police said.

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office said it spoke with the citizen that found the device and located the area that he found it. Michigan State Police was contacted and responded to the area with a K-9 dog trained in detecting explosives. The area was checked and nothing suspicious was located.

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Newaygo is about 36 miles north of Grand Rapids.

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