Belvedere bomb scare comes to safe conclusion; 1 taken into custody

Richmond County Sheriff's Office bomb squad, Augusta, Ga.
Richmond County Sheriff's Office bomb squad, Augusta, Ga.(WRDW)
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 3:22 PM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 8:10 PM EDT
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BELVEDERE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Emergency crews rushed Thursday afternoon to a gas station in Aiken County to respond to a bomb scare.

No bomb was found, but one person was taken into custody.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Christopher Lee Bragg, 41, charged with:

  • Conveying false information regarding attempted use of a destructive device.
  • Hoax device or replica of destructive device or detonator.

The incident started around 2:40 p.m., when authorities were asked to respond to a gas station at Edgefield and Belvedere-Clearwater roads.

There were concerns at the scene that an unattended vehicle had a bomb in it, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

“We treat all threats as credible until proven otherwise,” said Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Abdullah.

Crews quickly worked to evacuate the building and parking lot. In addition to crews from multiple agencies in Aiken County, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was sent to assist.

Roads were closed around the scene.

By 5:45 p.m., Abdullah said crews were clearing out from the scene after no bomb was found and Bragg had been taken into custody.

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