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FBI, SBI detonate 2nd package at storage facility


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- FBI and SBI agents have detonated a second suspicious package found at a storage facility on Carolina Beach Road. Earlier today another package exploded after a bomb robot shot at it as agents tried to figure out what was in it.

The FBI and the SBI assisted by the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office and Wilmington Police are conducting an investigation at North State Storage on Carolina Beach Road south of Monkey Junction. Law enforcement has ordered a mandatory evacuation for businesses around North State Storage on the east side of Carolina Beach Road as they continue to investigate.

New Hanover County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says it started this morning when multiple agencies began dealing with a suspicious package. Brewer says the FBI was investigating a suspect, which led them to the storage unit. They used a robot to shoot the package, at which point the package exploded. It's not clear if they shot it with water or live ammunition, but agents did not expect it to explode.

Brewer says agents are still dealing with one more suspicious package they found in the storage unit. They do not know what is in the package, but they are X-raying it to decide if they'll need to detonate it. The bomb squad did the same thing to the most recently detonated package. They buried it before exploding it.

Spokeswomen for the FBI and SBI confirm their agents and the SBI bomb squad are on scene connected to an investigation being handled by the FBI. A SBI spokeswoman says all of its agents are at the single location, despite an earlier report from another Wilmington TV station that the SBI was at another location in a neighborhood farther down Carolina Beach Road.

A witness called WWAY around 12:45 p.m. and said he saw a bomb unit at North State, which is at the intersection of Sanders Road, and heard an explosion coming from the property a few minutes earlier. A New Hanover County Sheriff's Office spokesman confirmed a small explosion. He referred us to the FBI and SBI.

The Wilmington Police Department's bomb unit is also on scene to assist.

The StarNews reports the owner of a neighboring business said a law enforcement officer told her investigators "believed somebody was building bombs in a storage unit next door and one of the bombs exploded. The officer told her other bombs were in the unit."

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Now that's what you call.....

"Storage Wars"

Wanna bet

that when they arrest the suspect, he has assault weapons also? This is just the kind of crazy that can still buy AR-15s under our present system.

When they ban AR-15s, people like him will still own them

because bombs are illegal to build and possess but bans didn't stop him.

Bombs and guns

Yes, I agree. Taking our guns and having the crooks still getting them is not smart. All the liberals can turn in their guns, but us conservatives will keep ours. U ain't taking mine!!! I need them for nuts like this that don't abide by the laws of the land. Guns and bombs can't kill anybody, it's the criminal mind that will use anything illegal or not that kills people. If someone wants u dead bad enough they will make it happen. Will you be prepared to defend yourself??? You liberals will not and I feel sorry for you and your families security.


kind of crazy doesn't need permission of any system to get an AR15...don't you get that? People like this live outside of your little laws!

Looks like you have it all figured out... why don't you just move on to the next problem and resolve world hunger? Geeeeez....what a whacko!

All figured

Who said I was solving problems? I'm just making observations. I have also observed some of your previous posts and I think there are serious doubts as to who the "whacko" is in this conversation. But, would you like to bet if the weapons are there or not?

Detonated bomb

Is it typical procedure to shoot at a suspected package, Which you think could be bomb, with a robot?

It depends

These robots can x-ray and sniff for explosive residues. Then, they have a variety of means of dealing with the problems. One particular option is to try and use a water cannon to disrupt the device...even when it is known to be a bomb. That is a better alternative...than say, your uncle walking up to it with a beer and a pair of tin-snips and saying, "here, hold my beer and watch this!"

It Depends

Bigelow, you are correct on your details. The biggest advantage the water cannon has is it doesn't destroy all the evidence. That way you can check for finger prints and other DNA.

North State Storage Bomb

I heard a loud sound like a bomb going off around 5:15PM while I was in Harris Teeter. Police where still there when I came out of store. Area was roped off and it looked like an ambulance was there too. There seemed to be less police cars there , then when I first came by right before 5:PM. I Live at Monkey Junction area and maybe that can explain some of the loud booms I have heard at diff times at night and day time.
The Booms seemed to come from the school area on Piner Road Cant remember specific times but all with in the past two weeks I think.

Booms Near Myrtle Grove Middle School

I think the booms that have been coming from behind Myrtle Grove middle school was someone shooting off a mortar. Probably just the baseline charge exploding in the mortar with no actual projectile... I live behind the school and heard the same thing a few weeks back on a couple different nights. I'm pretty sure it's a mortar that someone built at their home to shoot off fireworks with.

Let me guess

55-60 white male upset that the world is changing and leaving him on the wrong side of history..

I agree

Yeah, you're definitely right, he's probably an old burned out liberal hippie who finally realized that voting democrat, smoking weed, and refusing to bathe did not get him the life he envisioned.

Lots of folks in this area

Lots of folks in this area have been hearing loud booms,what have you, regularly, around midnight, 2 a.m.,since early January with no explanation. Maybe this means some peace for all of us (on multiple levels). I sure hope so.

The bombs

Ok so who was planing what and where? It is very scary . I am confused I thought I moved from Texas. seems like your not safe anywhere .


Are you really so confused that you are not sure you moved here from Texas?



as a parent i am most

as a parent i am most concerned that bellamy elementary and myrtle grove christian schools were not shut down. I realize the explosion was not too large, but i could feel both of them from my house which is futher than the schools are located from the storage unit.

It's probably a soon-to-be

It's probably a soon-to-be ex-husband that wanted to make sure the soon- to -be ex-wife didn't take his last scrap of assets before the divorce was finalized. Either that or some idiot that thought he'd fast-track his career in the bomb-squad by building and defusing bombs in his storage unit. I don't think they'll take you now, Skippy!

storage unit bombs

It doesnt sound like the bombs were very stable if it only took a shot to detonate. whoever was building them was fortunate he did not blow him/themselves up. its good they were found before they were used in a way that could harm people.

When I first heard this story...

I figured someone's meth lab blew up.

Me too! What does that say

Me too! What does that say about us?

You're informed

I think it says that you are well aware of things that are going on around us everyday. having lived several years in Los Angeles, that was the first thing I thought of too. Meth Lab. Turns out it may be even worse than that!

I thought the same thing at

I thought the same thing at first. It probably means we watch too much Breaking Bad.

Place your bets

Place your bets.. Stupid Redneck, Crazy Ivan, Insane Middle Eastern or Stupid Redneck.. Wait did I mention stupid redneck,

You also forgot disgruntled

You also forgot disgruntled Poastal Employee

You forgot to mention stupid

You forgot to mention stupid Yankee.


Guest412...YOU ARE AN IDIOT. Is that the southern hospitality that everyone preaches about? So much for that. Jerk.


we just don't want your kind in our state. He was just being honest...don't like it, RETIRE UP NORTH!