Update: Police detonate explosive device found near Red Roof Inn
COLUMBIA - Employees with the Red Roof Inn in Columbia alerted police Monday night of a potentially explosive device found near the property. Police later confirmed the device was capable of of doing damage.
Kris Martin said he found the device at a construction site and brought it to the Red Roof Inn where he is staying.
"I picked it up and couldn't let it go because I thought of you and every body else around the world and all the kids. And I didn't know if someone would light it, and it go boom so I turned it into the office, and I told them they needed to turn this into someone," Martin said.
The front desk of the Red Roof Inn called police at around 5 p.m. Staff also set off fire alarms to evacuate the building.
According to Officer Latisha Stroer, the Columbia Police Department Bomb unit, the Columbia Fire Department bomb unit, the Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI were all on the scene.
A robot that studies bombs entered the building at around 7:45 p.m. The robot brought the explosive device out of the motel and police rendered it safe at 8:30 p.m.
Red Roof Inn guests are now safe to re-enter the building for the night. @KOMUnews
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Police rendered the bomb's safe so that the area was safe. @KOMUnews— Amy Money (@AmyMoney_Talks) August 18, 2015
Just heard an explosion. One officer confirmed it was most likely the bomb @KOMUnews— Amy Money (@AmyMoney_Talks) August 18, 2015
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include the most current information.