Arkansas State Police, ATF, Bomb Squad, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Dec. 28, explosive devices, fictitious tags, Ford Taurus, Hardy AR, Hardy Police, Holden Lane, Hwy. 62/412, names not released, Prosecutor, Scott Rose, Sharp County AR, Sharp County Jail, terrorism, traffic stop, two male suspects
Hardy, Ark. — A traffic stop was conducted by officers with the Hardy Police Department at approximately 3:40 a.m. Wednesday after observing a 2000 model Ford Taurus traveling down Hwy. 62/412 near Holden Lane with fictitious tags.
Officers discovered items in the vehicle that were suspected to be some type of explosive device.
Arkansas State Police bomb technicians as well as staff from the Arkansas unit of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) responded to assist in the investigation.
It was determined by the bomb technicians that the items were in fact explosive devices. The Arkansas State Police Bomb Squad, using specialized equipment, was able to identify and remove the threat, as well as assist with the investigation.
The two male subjects, whose names have not been released, at this time are in custody at the Sharp County Detention Center in Ash Flat.
The Sharp County Prosecutor’s office has been notified of the situation, and arrest warrants are being sought. Charges for the two subjects are pending, awaiting prosecutors’ review and approval.
Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose Thursday told the Hill ’n Holler Review that at this point in the investigation there are no apparent ties to terrorism. He said the subjects have a drug history.