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Industrial Park incident may involve explosive device

ROBERTS, Wis. -- An incident at the Roberts Industrial Park brought the Marathon County Bomb Squad to a FritoLay distribution center Tuesday. Authorities responded to the complaint at 1:56 a.m. Tuesday. Two men were being detained in connection w...

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Marathon County bomb squad members return from the site of a suspected explosive device found on Packer Drive near the Frito-Lay building in the Roberts, Wis., Industrial Park. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Mike Longaecker)

ROBERTS, Wis. -- An incident at the Roberts Industrial Park brought the Marathon County Bomb Squad to a FritoLay distribution center Tuesday.

Authorities responded to the complaint at 1:56 a.m. Tuesday. Two men were being detained in connection with the incident, said Roberts Police Sgt. Aaron McWilliams.

He said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the device was explosive.

A statement released by police said an officer made contact with a suspicious vehicle parked behind the business and two subjects were detained. An item was located in the vehicle which appeared to be a homemade incendiary device.

A bomb squad member was heard yelling, “Fire in the hole!” just before 9 a.m. The sound of a small explosion was heard immediately after. The scene appeared to be under control by about 9:30 a.m.

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A portion of Highway 12 past the industrial park was closed for about four hours and reopened at 9:23 a.m., but the industrial park remained closed to the public.

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