All clear given in Paragould, investigation ongoing

All clear given in Paragould, investigation ongoing
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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - 6:30 p.m. UPDATE: Paragould police and Arkansas State Police continue to investigate what happened at a home on West Main Street in Paragould Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Scott Snyder with the Paragould Police Department told Region 8 News that Arkansas State Police is still leading the investigation. Lt. Snyder said they still need to contact some people to conduct more interviews but there are no safety issues or threats to the public right now.

The person who found the device was the homeowner.

Derward Morris told Region 8 News that he found the device beside his air conditioning unit late Thursday morning. Morris said when mowing his lawn Wednesday night, he didn't spot the device.

"I didn't mow this right here, and right here is where it was laying," Morris said as he motioned near the air conditioning unit.

Thursday morning, Morris said he walked over to his neighbor's house and that's when he spotted the device.

"It was a device that was about this long," Morris said. "I don't know, about 16 inches long, something like that. Two ends had caps on it, know what I'm saying?"

Morris said he doesn't believe someone threw the device at his home. Rather, he thinks someone may have placed it there as a joke.

"Listen, man, this ain't no joke, it's a senior citizen. Our hearts are weak and stuff. Just cut it out man, think of something else to do. Heck, throw some candy," Morris said.

When asked why he thought someone would play such a joke on him, Morris said, "You've got a lot of jokers in this world baby, but that's a crazy joke right there."

Though Morris found the device, someone else at the scene disarmed it before the ASP Bomb Squad arrived, according to Arkansas State Police Public Information Officer Bill Sadler.

3:45 p.m. UPDATE: According to Snyder, a passerby found the device outside of a home. When police arrived, they deemed the suspicious device not explosive.

Police have given the all-clear for the area.

3:31 p.m. UPDATE: Bill Sadler, public information officer for Arkansas Sate Police, says the person who found the device disarmed it before ASP arrived.

Sadler said local authorities are now in charge of the investigation.

Police are investigating a possible "suspicious device" found in Paragould.

The device was found Thursday afternoon in a neighborhood off Highway 49 North.

According to Lt. Scott Snyder of the Paragould Police Department, Arkansas State Police are in charge of the investigation.

The Greene County Sheriff's Office was given a courtesy call to be "on standby."

Region 8 News has a crew on the way to the scene and will have updates as they become available.

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