DATE: June 27, 2023
SUBJECT: Deputies respond to Suspicious Device located at Nurrenbern Rd. and Graff Rd.
RELEASE NUMBER: 2023-NR-0627
CONTACT: Major Matt Corn
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Noah Robinson
On 06-27-2023, at approximately 0900 hours, deputies were dispatched to the area of Nurrenbern Rd. and Graff Rd., which is in the vicinity of Burdette Park, in reference to suspicious circumstances. The complainant stated he had found what he believed to be a “pipe bomb” on the side of Nurrenbern Rd.
Deputies responded to the area and set up a perimeter around the suspicious device in order to conduct an investigation. A drone was utilized by the Sheriff’s Office to surveille the device and the Evansville Police Department (EPD) Bomb Squad was contacted to assist with the investigation. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office requested the Perry and German Township Volunteer Fire Departments stage at the scene for quick response and as a safety precaution.
The EPD Bomb Squad responded to the scene, rendered the suspicious device safe, and initiated an investigation. The roadway was closed for approximately three hours during this time frame. After processing the scene, the EPD Bomb Squad found the suspicious device was not an active threat, determined it to be a “hoax device,” and not an explosive. During the course of the investigation, the Vanderburgh County Commissioner’s made the decision to close Burdette Park, out of an abundance of caution, due to the scene’s close proximity to the Discovery Lodge and the Park. Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and Evansville Police Department personnel then conducted a sweep of Burdette Park, assisted by a trained bomb dog, for possible threats as a safety precaution. The sweep was completed and nothing suspicious was found.
The investigation is ongoing but there are no suspects at this time.