Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said the incident occurred at the Georgia Inn on South Belair Road at 12:45 a.m.
A witness said Amy Dodd, 24, of Grovetown, showed her the explosive device and said she did not intend to use it at the hotel. Its intended use was against someone who committed a homicide in Hephzibah, she said.
After a prescription bottle with a .38-caliber bullet, potassium nitrate, matches and a wick were discovered in Room 222, the building was evacuated, Morris said.
The bomb squad was called to disengage the device.
Richmond County sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay said the results of the investigation were turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Dodd has been charged with possession/manufacturing of a destructive device.