Authorities identify “suspicious device” that caused medical examiner’s office to be evacuated

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities have identified the “suspicious device” that caused the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office to be evacuated last week.

On Friday, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office had to be evacuated for several hours after something was found on a body that was brought in to be autopsied.

About 40 employees were forced out of the building around 10:30 a.m. after the unusual discovery.

“There was some type of device on the body that they felt might be suspicious, might either catch fire or do something that could hurt somebody,” said MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Police say it was the body of an adult male who had died in a car accident on I-40  sometime last Thursday.

“They described it as possibly being a flare or something like that.  So we’re just out here to make sure it’s safe, to make sure there’s nothing attached to this body that might harm somebody once the ME starts looking at it,” said MSgt. Knight.

Police say there was no indication that it was a bomb or anything that could explode.

Out of an abundance of caution, the bomb squad came out and x-rayed the device.

While they didn’t say exactly what the device was, they said the bomb squad determined it to be “non-problematic.”

“It is possible that there was a flare deployed at the scene and possibly was stuck to the body.  There’s a number of possibilities on this and I certainly don’t want to speculate any more on what it might be.  But again, I just want to reassure everybody that there is no indication that it’s something sinister going on here with this,” said MSgt. Knight.

Bomb squad personnel took the device with them to test it further.

On Wednesday, police say the bomb squad determined the device was a Chevy Sonic side airbag injector.

“Simply put, it is a high pressure canister that rapidly inflates the side airbag in a crash,” said MSgt. Knight.


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