Two people were arrested Monday night after search warrants were executed at a Luther home.
The Luther Police Department, District 23 Task Force and other law enforcement agencies executed search warrants on two properties in Luther in the 500-B & 600-B of S. Dogwood St.
While conducting a search of the main residence and adjacent buildings, officers located a suspicious device in the workshop portion.
Officers immediately cleared the scene and began to evacuate residents who were deemed to be in immediate danger. Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office bomb squad was requested to respond to help determine if the device found was a live explosive or inert.
Upon further investigation by Oklahoma County bomb squad, it was confirmed that the device was indeed live. The device was secured and made safe.
“We went in the area that it was in was pretty tight and crowded so we couldn’t actually wear our full coverage bomb suit in there,” said Lt. Robert Tye, the operations commander of the bomb squad.
They removed two live devices. Tye said one of them, if modified, could be equal to a one pound pipe bomb.
“Inside this room that we’re in right now, it would level everything and take everybody out as well,” said Tye.
Edward Nielsen and Angela McCandless of Luther were both arrested and taken to the Oklahoma County jail on multiple complaints.
The Luther Police Department has been working on active cases involving Nielsen in criminal activities ranging from distribution of narcotics within 1000 feet of a school and possession of stolen property to weapons charges and other serious offenses.
The Luther Police Department is now working with federal agencies on the possibility of Nielsen and other associates to face federal charges.