NC copper theft suspect dies from burns in Augusta hospital

A family member said Nicholas Surrett, 39, died Tuesday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Surrett was severely burned after cutting a gas line under an unoccupied house, police said.

The Hendersonville, N.C., Times-News reports that Surrett and Ralph Shane Pace were injured in a home explosion and fire at 656 Stoney Mountain Road about 1:30 a.m. on June 11. Authorities said the men were trying to steal copper wire.

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Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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