Community upset they weren't better notified of explosive device

Land O' Lakes residents feel authorities could have told them more.

LAND O' LAKES, Fla. -- Explosive device discovered in Land O' Lakes at Collier Parkway and Roderick Drive on Wednesday night. Neighbors were only told that it was a suspicious package at the time.

"Not knowing is there another one? Are we going to hit it and set it off? So it's extremely scary, I think our community really needs to know," said Amy Singletary, who is not happy more detailed information wasn't released to the community about an explosive device discovered Wednesday evening that had the roads shutdown for hours.

"We didn't hear anything and we didn't get any more updates after that," said Singletary.

"This is an explosive device," said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, who says Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms took over the investigation, but when the Sheriff's Office updated it's social media page to inform the public it should not have called it a suspicious object, but what it was an explosive device.

"Yeah I think we should have put more out there to begin with," said Nocco.

"I felt that we were left out in the cold I feel we should have been notified of something of that nature," said Mark Williams, who says simply walking his three dogs could have been a dangerous situation.

"Exactly that's what makes it scary that something is going on in the community such as this," said Williams.

According to the ATF, the device was found by a utility worker and neighbors tell 10News WTSP it was right next to a cable box.

"Extremely scary we have bus stops right here too," said Singletary.

Nocco says when agencies join in an investigation public safety and the investigation are two separate issues.

"Unfortunately, in this situation they went with the investigative side; however we're going to make sure this information is out there, we're going to keep pushing it out there so our citizens are aware it was an explosive device, but ultimately we should be putting public safety out there first," Nocco said.

The community just wants to be better informed of potential danger.

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