OHP Bomb Squad Disarm 'Improvised Explosive Device' In Chelsea


Thursday, October 15th 2020, 8:14 pm

By: News On 6


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The OHP bomb squad has disarmed an 'improvised explosive device' in Chelsea Thursday night.

Rogers County Deputies said they were searching for 57-year-old Thomas John Smith for burglary when they found and arrested him under a bridge near 6th and Willow on Thursday.

They said he had what looked like an explosive device with him.

The OHP bomb squad was called in to take care of the device. They said he had fireworks, matches, glass shards and liquid vials as an explosive device. They said it “was definitely something he planned to use as a weapon.”

"He is from this area, he did do an extensive period of time in prison for second-degree murder and had gotten out a few years back and has been up here just terrorizing the community," Sergeant Wes Jones said. "Really just not someone who needs to be free and about in a community."

DOC records show Smith went to prison in 1989 for murder and arson before he was released in 2011. Deputies said they think Smith is linked to a number of crimes in the area.

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