Manitowoc County investigating backpack bomb

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MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Officers are investigating a backpack bomb discovered in a Manitowoc County ditch Wednesday afternoon.

A passerby found it in a ditch along State Highway 147 near County Highway R on Tuesday and took it to his home in the Town of Gibson. He called authorities on Wednesday.

On first glance, law enforcement officers suspected the contents of the backpack were used to make drugs. But the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit examined the bag and found an item "indicative of a bomb and additional volatile, explosive material."

The Brown/Outagamie County Bomb Squad responded and X-rayed the backpack.

Lt. Dave Remiker tells Action 2 News the explosive materials are easily accessible and found on store shelves.

He says there's evidence it was ignited but the bomb never detonated. Lt. Remiker says the snow likely put out the fuse.

The citizen said they found the backpack in the north ditch of Highway 147. It may have been thrown from a vehicle.

Investigators are still working out where the backpack came from and what the explosives may have been intended for. They were able to collect forensic evidence that might identify the person who constructed the bomb.

If you know anything about the bomb, call the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office at 920-683-4214.

To leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at 920-683-4466. You may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Manitowoc County backpack bomb fuse construction (Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office photo)