Scene cleared after OHP Bomb Squad investigates explosive device in Garvin County

GARVIN COUNTY, Okla. - Officials are investigating after an explosive device was found in Garvin County.

Authorities say Department of Transportation workers mowing near exit 74 on NB I-35, near Pauls Valley, " found what appears to be an explosive device."

Garvin County deputies were called to the scene and confirmed it was "an improvised explosive device with a fuse protruding from the end."

Officials said it appeared the item had been discarded at the edge of the roadway.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad was called to investigate. They quickly identified it as a sparkler bomb. The device can be quite dangerous and produce a large explosion.

Bomb squad officials say they are usually used to blow up mail boxes and can blow off hands.

Garvin County officials say Sparkler Bombs are considered explosive devices and offenders face serious charges.

They are very popular this time of year as the 4th of July draws near.

The northbound exit ramp was closed, but has since been reopened.

The Garvin County Sheriff's Office says the area is safe.