No danger found in Aiken vehicle

Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:27 AM
Last updated 7:27 PM
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A suspicious vehicle at an Aiken County hotel that prompted federal, state and local authorities to investigate Thursday was later deemed safe by bomb technicians.

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Bianca Cain Johnson
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Sheriff’s officials were sent to Country Inn & Suites, 3270 Whiskey Road, around 8:20 a.m. after someone reported a Ford Expedition with two gas cans and an oxygen tank underneath it.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, the Aiken Department of Public Safety, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the FBI closed down a portion of Whiskey Road and put Chukker Creek Elementary on soft lockdown as a precaution.

SLED’s bomb squad determined there was no threat from the vehicle.

According to a news release, the vehicle’s owner, an out-of-town construction employee, told police he left the canisters under the vehicle because they weren’t allowed at the work site.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster said Monday’s terrorist bombing in Boston did not affect the way officials responded.

“We’ve always responded this way,” he said. “We remain vigilant.”

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 04/18/13 - 11:56 am

Hey, I didn't hear anybody in the mainstream media say whether the president raised the terrorism alert level up to RED after the blasts in Boston. Do they even use anymore that color-coded system so proudly launched by Tom Ridge back in 2002?

Augusta resident
Augusta resident 04/18/13 - 01:03 pm

Probably just hauled dope in em

KSL 04/18/13 - 02:13 pm
Totally innocent.

Totally innocent.

my.voice 04/18/13 - 02:45 pm
"Aiken County sheriff’s Sgt.

"Aiken County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Feemster said recent explosions in Boston did not affect the way officials responded to the initial threat"

Now, now, lets not start lying LOL

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