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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Business owners and employees forced to evacuate yesterday as state and federal agents investigated explosive in a Carolina Beach Road storage unit went back to work this morning.

Hairstylist Lois Moore at Gossip Salon says the evacuation put her in a sticky situation.

“I’m doing a perm, and this officer comes in and says we have to have an immediate evacuation,” she said. “When you’re doing chemicals, you can’t just run our the door, because these things have a procedure you have to do, so it was a very traumatic experience for me and the client.”

A few door down at Chip’s Computers, Robert Johnson recalls the minutes before the mandatory evacuation.

“There was a big explosion. Bang. Shook everything,” he said. “Then we walked out there to check everything, and they said everything was fine. About an hour, hour and a half later they told us it was a voluntary evacuation.”

Johnson says evacuees were in such a hurry to get out, one woman even ran into his car when he was trying to leave.

After a quick phone call to the sheriff’s office early Friday morning to make sure everything was OK, the businesses reopened.

As for that perm cut short, if you’re wondering how it turned out, Moore’s not sure.

“Well I really don’t know,” Moore said. “We put her in the sink and ran her out the door, so I said come back next week and we’ll finish it.”

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