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Springfield Bomb Squad Recovers ‘Possible Explosive Device’ at McDaniel Lake


NEAR SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (KY3) – A Springfield Fire Department clearance team recovered a “possible explosive device” found by two fishermen on Sunday morning in McDaniel Lake, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing and officials say there is no threat to the community.

Two fishermen found suspicious gear earlier Sunday morning near McDaniel Lake during a magnetic fishing, an activity that looks for submerged metal objects in lakes, rivers and other bodies of water. They located the device, which they believed to be a grenade, then alerted authorities at the scene.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad, and Springfield City Utilities all responded to the bridge near McDaniel Lake. After securing the area, the bomb squad removed the device from the lake and detonated it while taking precautions.

James Newton, a frequent loving fisherman in the Ozarks, said his discovery on Sunday took him by surprise.

“I was a little in shock, then I was so nervous I was shaking. Everyone around me was shaking, ”Newton said.

No injuries have been reported and the scene is clear. It is not known if the device is connected to criminal activity, but the Greene County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

Additional details are limited, but we will update as more information becomes available.

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