Explosive device located, destroyed near Sparta
On Saturday, Aug. 3 at approximately 1:45 p.m. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Falcon Road in rural Sparta where what was believed to be an explosive device had been discovered.
Upon arrival, authorities observed a device consisting of several sticks of dynamite, an activation switch, an initiator and a power source.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Dane County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit for assistance. Dane County Sheriff’s Office EOD responded to the scene, inspected the device and subsequently destroyed the device on site.
An investigation revealed that the device was likely left at the home by the former resident who is now deceased. No criminal charges related to the possession of the explosive device are likely at this time.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was assisted with this incident by Monroe County 911 Communications Center, Dane County Sheriff’s Office EOD and Sparta Area Fire District.