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Police Find Bomb During Traffic Stop In Western Kentucky

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Posted at 8:07 PM, Aug 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:56:06-04

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky State Police said a man has been charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction after troopers found a homemade bomb inside a vehicle during a traffic stop, shutting down a western Kentucky highway.

Police said Interstate 24 was shut down Thursday after troopers stopped the vehicle traveling east near Eddyville and noticed what appeared to be a small improvised explosive device. Authorities said around 3 p.m. the highway was open again after police rendered the device safe.

Police arrested 45-year-old Michael Jack Higgs of Grants Pass, Oregon, and also charged him with firearms, drug and traffic offenses. He was being held in the Caldwell County jail.

A passenger in the vehicle did not face charges. 

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