Dawson County Sheriffs Office blocked off the entrances into downtown Dawsonville for several hours late Wednesday night while authorities investigated an explosive device discovered while responding to a medical call.
Major Greg Rowan with the Dawson County Sheriffs Office said a store clerk at the Kangaroo convenience store in downtown Dawsonville contacted authorities when he noticed a man sitting in his 4-door Ford F150 truck for an extended period of time after pumping gas.
The store clerk suspected the man was having a medical emergency, said Rowan, and when officials arrived, the tubular-shaped device was found in the front passenger seat of the truck.
Emergency officials transported the man to a local hospital for treatment while local authorities contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigations Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team. The EOD safely removed the device from the truck.
We are still unclear as to why the man had the device in his possession, stated Lt. Wooten with the Dawson County Sheriffs Office. It could have came from a place where he works, he added.
After searching the mans home, no other explosive devices were located. The man, whose name has not been released, is currently not facing charges. It is still under investigation, Wooten said.