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Bomb Found In Laurens Mailbox

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Officials were called to a home in Laurens Tuesday morning after a resident found a suspicious device inside a mailbox. (Laurens County Sheriff's Office) Officials were called to a home in Laurens Tuesday morning after a resident found a suspicious device inside a mailbox. (Laurens County Sheriff's Office)
The Laurens County Sheriff's Office says after the person noticed the device, they spotted damage to the mailbox. (Laurens County Sheriff's Office) The Laurens County Sheriff's Office says after the person noticed the device, they spotted damage to the mailbox. (Laurens County Sheriff's Office)
LAURENS, S.C. -

Officials were called to a home in Laurens Tuesday morning after a resident found a suspicious device inside a mailbox.

The Laurens County Sheriff's Office says after the person noticed the device, they spotted damage to the mailbox.

Authorities showed up to the home on Neely Ferry Road and secured the area.  State bomb technicians were called in to help remove the bomb.

The mailbox belonged to Randy Tumblin, who was shocked to see his mail burnt to a crisp.

"I looked in the mailbox and seen something burnt in there so I kept looking at it and thought this looks like a bomb," Tumblin said.

Detectives determined it was a bomb. Deputies say the bomb could have severely burned Tumblin if it went off while he was reaching for his mail.

"I could have got hurt got killed or anything," Tumblin said.

Deputies are treating this as a serious crime. And whoever is responsible could face both state and federal charges.

"We are going to prosecute it to the fullest no matter who you are due to the fact that we can get hurt, they can get hurt or the homeowner could get hurt," Lt. Jawarski Shelton, with the Laurens County Sheriff's office said.

The device is being sent to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to be analyzed.

Investigators say they are looking into a similar case where a device was found two weeks ago.  However, they tell 7 On Your Side that device was made in a different way.

If you have any information that may help investigators, call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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