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Man charged after possible IED found in vehicle on I-24 in Lyon Co.

Michael Jack Higgs (Source: KSP) Michael Jack Higgs (Source: KSP)
(Courtesy:WKDZ) (Courtesy:WKDZ)
LYON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

An Oregon man has been charged and all lanes of Interstate 24 are back open between Exit 45 and Exit 54 after a bomb squad was called to investigate a vehicle. 

Michael Jack Higgs, 45, of Grant Pass, Ore., was charged with third degree use of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure of owner to maintain insurance and operating on a suspended operator's license.

Two KSP troopers stopped a vehicle near the 47 mile marker at around 9:28 a.m.. During the stop, the troopers noticed what appeared to be a small improvised explosive device inside the vehicle.

The interstate was shut down while Kentucky State Police Hazardous Material Unit was called to the scene to examine. Police say the device was cleared and no other explosive devices were found in the vehicle.

The interstate was reopened.

Higgs was taken to the Caldwell County Jail. Police say a passenger in the vehicle is not facing any charges.

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