UPDATE: 2 men arrested following bomb investigation in Marion County

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UPDATE: 1/28 (9:40 a.m.):

Two Marion County men have been arrested following a bomb investigation that resulted in a road closure on Route 250 north of Mannington on Sunday morning.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Riffle said that upon arriving on scene around 10:00 a.m., deputies found Damon Sturgeon, 39, of Mannington, and Jason Barr, 44, also of Mannington, passed out in a pickup truck.

Riffle said that deputies asked to look inside the truck, and once they got permission from Sturgeon and Barr, they found a backpack that contained three pipe bombs.

According to deputies, after closing off the road, they notified the West Virginia State Police and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as a bomb technician, who was able to dismantle the bombs.

The road was re-opened just after 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Barr has been charged with possession of meth, while Sturgeon has been charged with manufacturing an explosive device.

Officials are still investigating. The Mannington Police Department also assisted in the incident.

ORIGINAL (1/27/2019):

A portion of Route 250 has reopened in Marion County after being shut down for around 3 hours Sunday afternoon.

According to emergency officials, the highway had to be closed while the Marion Co. Sheriff’s Dept., West Virginia State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated a situation near Mannington.

Stay with 12 News as we continue to follow this developing story.

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