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"Suspicious" Pipes Removed From Greenville County Neighborhood

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The discovery of two "suspicious" devices has prompted the evacuation of at least one resident in a Greenville County neighborhood. The discovery of two "suspicious" devices has prompted the evacuation of at least one resident in a Greenville County neighborhood.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

The discovery of two "suspicious" devices prompted the evacuation of at least one resident in a Greenville County neighborhood.

Deputy Jonathan Smith of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said that a man was cleaning his yard on Farley Avenue when he found two galvanized pipes which appeared to be pipe bombs. The man called Sheriff's deputies around 5:15 p.m. and when deputies arrived, they found the two galvanized pipes.  They immediately secured the area around the pipes, as well as a quarter-mile in each direction, Smith stated.

The Sheriff's Office bomb squad was called to the scene shortly thereafter. Smith said bomb technicians conducted a risk and threat assessment of the two pipes and rendered them safe and blew up the bombs.

Update:

March 20, 2013

Neighbors still have some questions when it comes to how two pipe bombs ended up near their homes on Farley Ave Tuesday evening.

The man who found the pipes with his friends spoke to 7 On Your Side, and said he and his friends had no idea what the small pipes were. He said the group kicked them around and picked them up before calling 9-11. They noticed the fuses on the two pipe bombs and called authorities. 

 A man named James, who only wishes to use his first name, owns a business down the street. He first heard about the bombs when his friend drove by and notices police and crime scene tape on the street nearby. James said many neighbors heard what he heard, a few quick booms, and then nothing more. James said he turned on the television and found out that the "booms" were pipe bombs.

"This neighborhood is generally safe and this is very out of the ordinary for our street," James said. Other neighbors said the area used to be drug infested years ago but law enforcement had increased patrols in the area and a new owner took over the apartment complex on the corner of Farley Ave. They said they feel very safe now, but aren't happy about explosives so close to home.

"There are kids that get off the bus at the top of the street and my first thought was what if one of them found those bombs," neighbor Starla Ruton said. He runs a hair salon out of her home across from where the pipe bombs were found. Ruton said she felt much safer knowing that the deputies took the proper precautions before blowing up the small pipes.

7 On Your Side spoke with Bill Graham, a retired Captain for the State Law Enforcement Division, said he used to get multiple calls each year that a pipe bomb was found. He said bombs were found on the side of the interstate, near meth labs and even in backyards. He also described to 7 On Your Side that he worked two homicides relating to pipe bombs.

Graham, along with other law enforcement agencies told 7 On Your Side that each call is taken seriously and if you find anything suspicious you think could be a pipe bomb, call authorities immediately. Authorities said if you are caught making a pipe bomb, you could face state and federal charges.  Other counties said they only receive a call or two every couple of years.

 

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