Southwest Nebraska man, 51, arrested after explosive device found

A 51-year-old southwest Nebraska man was arrested Friday after authorities found an improvised explosive device in his residence.

The Nebraska State Patrol said troopers and the Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office found the device while serving a search warrant at the man’s residence in Stratton.

The patrol said the man had been involved in a legal dispute with the village of Stratton. Troopers said they were told that the man had threatened to harm or kill one of the village’s officials.

The patrol said troopers had also learned that at least one threat included mention of an improvised explosive device.

The patrol said its bomb squad rendered the device safe.

The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a destructive device and threatening to use explosives, the patrol said. He was being held in Hitchcock County Jail.

Stratton is situated about 30 miles west of McCook.

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