Homemade Explosive Device Found Near Church

12-14-05 - A homemade explosive device was detonated this week behind the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness Church on C Street Southeast. A person saw a teenager building the device on Monday and called police.

Police don't believe the Jehovah’s Witness church or anyone else was a target, but they're still taking precautions.

It all happened behind the church off C Street Southeast. Police say Monday morning a passerby noticed a teenager behind the building in a field. The witness thought the teen was a starting a fire, but instead police found a bottle along with ingredients that caused a small explosion.

Although the device wasn't close to the building, neighbors are still in shock. The Kingdom Hall's elder declined an on camera interview but says the church doesn't feel they were being threatened, but they plan to keep an extra watch at the back of the church.

Ardmore police are still investigating the incident and are looking for the teenager they believe caused the explosion. If you have any information your asked to call Ardmore police at 580-223-1212.