An oil field explosive device found Monday on the Turner Turnpike was dismantled this morning by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. A turnpike maintenance facility and a McDonald’s restaurant were evacuated while the oil field perforating tool was defused, and vehicles were not allowed on or off the turnpike at the Wellston exit for several hours this morning, said Oklahoma Turnpike Authority spokesman Jack Damrill.
“Obviously we’re glad nothing happened,” Damrill said. Traffic and operations were back to normal by about 10 a.m., said highway patrol Capt. Chris West. West said the explosive fell off of a truck owned by Superior Well Services Inc., an oil well servicing company, about 1 p.m. Monday about mile marker 161 eastbound on the Turner Turnpike between Oklahoma City and Chandler. Superior Well Services on Tuesday afternoon issued a statement saying the perforating tool was discovered missing when the truck’s crew arrived at the job location. “The appropriate authorities were contacted and a search for the tool was initiated,” the company’s statement says. West said the company notified the Oklahoma City Police Department, the highway patrol and the U.S. Department of Alcohol and Firearms that the device was missing, and all began looking for it. Damrill said a turnpike maintenance worker found the device in the afternoon and picked it up, not realizing what it was.