MOUNTAIN HOME – Authorities in Mountain Home closed off several streets and evacuated businesses after a suspicious device was found near a gas station this morning. Upon further investigation, no explosives were found.
Sgt. Rick Viola with the Mountain Home Police Department says a truck driver was making a fuel delivery to the Sinclair station at 9:40 a.m. when he noticed a device labeled "explosives" on it next to the fuel storage tanks. The driver alerted police.
Viola says several businesses in the area were evacuated. The gas station is near the intersection of Old Highway 30 and East 10th North Street. That area was closed off to traffic. Motorists were also diverted from using Exit 90 on Interstate 84.
Viola says the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Mountain Home Air Force Base was called to the scene. They determined the suspicious device was actually a container that is used to haul explosives for M1 tanks. The container was empty.
"This wasn't something you'd normally see," said Viola.
Investigators believe the container was placed there on purpose.
Viola says they are trying to determine who left it and why. That person could face criminal charges.
The scene was cleared shortly before 1 p.m. All roads in that area are open to traffic again.