After a possible explosive device was located on Sardis Dam Road, the Clayton Police Department and Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Department were called. Not willing to take any chances with public safety, they immediately contacted the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Bomb Squad.
The Clayton Fire Department blocked off both ends of the dam, which lead some to speculate that Clayton was being evacuated, but that was not the case.
The road remained closed for a total of 3 hours and 45 minutes, reopening shortly after 1:30 p.m. The Bomb Squad did a Z-ray on the item and determined that it was not a bomb.
The sheriff's office reported the item was near Highway 43 at the Indian Nation Turnpike.
"I'm glad it turned out to not be an emergency,” stated Terry Duncan, Pushmataha County Sheriff. “Our citizens' health and welfare is number one here so we didn't want to take nothing too lightly."
I received conflicting stories as to what was actually found on the dam road.
According to the deputies who investigated, what they found appeared to be a pipe with sealed ends and the words "open me" written on it.
When calling the Project Office at Sardis Dam, Tim O’Daniel, Oklahoma State Park Ranger, stated that the item that was found was a shopping bag with a rolled up magazine inside of it.
Pushmataha County Sheriff Terry Duncan said "You never know nowadays. I wouldn't even call it a hoax, but better to be safe than sorry."