Firefighters at a local fire station found two bombs on their doorstep Sunday afternoon.
“An individual transported two items to the Dudley Volunteer Fire Department,” requesting to turn the items over to the station around 2 p.m., said Maj. Richard Lewis with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. “Upon the members of the fire department viewing the items, which had been laid down at the entrance door of the fire station, they recognized the two item(s) as being potential explosive devices.”
The fire department called the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. The deputies “also recognized the items as potential explosive devices,” Lewis said in a release. “The Explosive Ordinance Disposal team from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and the Bomb Team with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation were notified and responded. These two teams worked together and both confirmed the items were manufactured to indicate they were explosive in nature.”
Then, they called in a robot.
The bomb-bot was used to move the items to a “safe area,” where a further inspection revealed the devices “were explosive in nature,” according to the release.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.
Other agencies that have lent a hand in the investigation include WCSO Patrol Shift, WCSO Detective Division, WCSO Warrant Division, WCSO Drug Squad, Wayne County 911 Center, Wayne County EMS, Wayne County Fire Marshal’s Office, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Defense/Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.