MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. — Manitowoc County authorities say in a news release they found a bomb in a backpack that was left in a ditch on the side of a road.
On Wednesday afternoon, personnel from the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit responded to a residence on Old CTH CC in the Town of Gibson.
Authorities say a person had found a backpack in a nearby ditch on STH 147 east of CTH R, and suspected the backpack contained items related to drugs.
When Metro Drug Unit personnel examined the contents of the backpack, they located "an item indicative of a bomb" and other explosive material.
Authorities put the materials through a X ray and said they deemed the materials "safe", although they did fully explain why they thought the materials were deemed safe. Authorities believe that whomever made the bomb had tried to set it off when it was possibly thrown from a vehicle into the ditch.
All of the items were collected and processed for forensic examination. Investigators have been able to collect evidence from the items that may identify the people responsible.
Anyone with information related to this investigation can call the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Dave Remiker at 920-683-4214. Additionally, anyone can call Manitowoc County Crime Stoppers at 920-683-4466, remain anonymous and possibly eligible for a cash reward.