Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Motorists on North Main Street and on Sangaree Parkway may have seen a somewhat startling sight as they drove past the East Coast Gun Shop Tuesday afternoon: police, fire, EMS, and a bomb squad vehicle in the parking lot. According to Dan Moon, Public Information Officer for the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, an employee with East Coast Gun Shop found an object or objects he did not recognize – what looked to him like World War II era explosive ordnance of some sort – and he called 9-11. BCSO, C&B Fire Department, and Berkeley County EMS responded to the scene, along with an explosive ordnance disposal unit from Charleston Air Force Base.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident at about the same time, someone found a suspicious package in Wal Mart on North Main Street. The store was briefly evacuated while law enforcement investigated. As it turned out, the package was a book bag, which contained electronic devices. The package was removed and the store reopened shortly afterward.