Apr 7, 2013 - The Associated PressROCK SPRINGS -- Rock Springs authorities are investigating after the discovery of an explosive device in a gutter.
Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell says the device was found Thursday evening near the intersection of College Drive and Interstate 80.
The device, called a perforating gun, is a metal tube about 10 feet long and several inches wide that contains shaped explosive charges and is used in oil and gas well operations.
An energy industry worker recognized the tool and notified the Rock Springs Police Department.
Investigators believe the perforating gun fell off an oil field services truck, but the device bears few marks that would help identify the owner. It would have been dangerous in the wrong hands.
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