Deputies investigate after IED found in Kzoo Co.

An improvised explosive device discovered near 12900 Jetson Drive in Climax Township on May 19, 2017. (Jerry Trumble)

CLIMAX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Kalamazoo County are investigating after an improvised explosive device was found near La Ferre Lake.

The small IED was discovered near 12900 Jetson Drive in Climax Township, southwest of Battle Creek, on May 19, according to the Kalamazoo County crime map. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Pali Maytas says that’s a rural, isolated area. While it’s not uncommon for people to walk around the lake, the device was not near homes or a highly populated area.

The people who discovered the device didn’t know what it was. No one was injured.

Matyas said the department is prioritizing the investigation because of the severity and threat of the device. He said investigators chose to release information now because their efforts so far have been unsuccessful.

Anyone with information about the creation or placement of the IED is asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at 269.383.8723 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

Maytas would not describe the makeup of the device or materials used because authorities are hoping that withholding those details will help them to determine which tips are legitimate and connected.