Potential explosive found at new home of Richmond Co. officer

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11, June 16, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA-- The FBI and Richmond County investigators say a potential explosive posed a serious threat to an Augusta neighborhood today (June 16)

The device was found in the attic of a home off of Wicklow Drive, and that home had recently been purchased by a Richmond County Officer.

While on the scene, News 12 crews heard two booms from behind the Wicklow Drive home, a sound that startled neighbors like Charles Holtzclaw. "It sounded like a loud pop, like a firecracker."

Richmond County's Bomb Squad Unit responded to the home around lunchtime Saturday afternoon to disrupt a potentially dangerous device.

Sgt. Richard Roundtree with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office explains how the device was found"Electricians were doing work on the attic of the house and came across a small cigar shaped box. They opened it up and the components appeared to be some kind of explosive device."

Since the officer had not yet moved into the home, investigators say they don't believe he was a target. Bomb technicians used a robot, and other techniques to dismantle the device.

Sgt. Roundtree says the possible explosive posed a serious threat to the area. Neigbors were evacuated from nearby homes and parts of the street were closed off for more than four hours while bomb technicians worked to secure the device in the backyard.

"Right now we have disrupted the device and made it safe. We're now in the process of processing the device and collecting evidence to see exactly what potential threat it did hold." adds Sgt. Roundtree.

The Richmond County Crime Scene Unit was also brought in to collect evidence from outside and inside the home.

Sgt. Roundtree says the device will now be sent to the crime lab for further testing.

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  • by Heather Meadows, News 12 Web Producer Location: North Augusta, SC on Jun 18, 2007 at 12:11 PM
    Lynnsey is following this story and will bring you new information as soon as she gets it.
  • by c Location: wicklow drive, augusta on Jun 18, 2007 at 12:04 PM
    Could the residents of Wicklow Drive please have a follow up story? As a very near neighbor, it would be helpful to know more about the possible danger(s) and individuals who may have been involved. Thanks for your coverage.
  • by Bill King Location: Augusta on Jun 18, 2007 at 03:57 AM
    Me and Charles party a lot and we were scared that we werent going to be able to party because we might have been blown up.
  • by Anonymous Location: Augusta on Jun 17, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    I am glad that the news followed such a story in our area. I only have one problem. Did you think about the consequences of showing the address of a law enforcement officer? This could endanger him/her and their family from the maker of the device or past jaded criminals.
  • by neighbor Location: wicklow dr. on Jun 16, 2007 at 03:51 PM
    If roads were blocked, why were houses not evacuated? My son was home alone and all we could do was stand 25 yards away but we could not enter the home and he didn't leave. Very scary situation!!!
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