Still no arrests in bomb scare

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Authorities are continuing their investigation into a suspicious package that was left inside a FedEx drop box, but an FBI official said the package should not be considered a bomb.

At about 6:30 p.m. Monday, Augusta 911 officials received a call describing what appeared to be six Powerade bottles taped together and filled with gunpowder and nails, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

A delivery driver was emptying the FedEx bin in the 1500 block of Marvin Griffin Road when the suspicious-looking bottles rolled out, according to the report.

On Tuesday, Ed Reinhold of the Augusta FBI office, said the suspicious package has not been classified as a bomb "because there was no detonator with it."

Jeffrey Downey, a special agent with the Augusta FBI office, said no arrests have been made.

"We're still trying to determine exactly what the device is and how it got there," he said.

Although the device was found near a Kellogg's plant, Mr. Downey said he was not sure whether the employees were ever in danger, although they were evacuated.

Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree said the Richmond County Bomb Squad is "processing contents of the device in an attempt to trace it back to its origins."

He said the bomb squad used an "air disrupter" to blow off the bottle tops.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at (706) 821-1080 or the FBI at (706) 722-3702.

Staff Writer Adam Folk contributed to this report.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.


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