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One in custody as bomb investigation continues


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- One person is in custody as state and federal agents continue an investigation of bombs found at a storage unit on Carolina Beach Road yesterday.

A FBI spokeswoman says one person is in custody in connection to the storage unit at North State Storage, where she says agents found several explosive devices yesterday. Citing US Department of Justice policy, she said she could not release more details of the ongoing investigation, and she did not identify the person in custody.

Today that investigation moved to a second location. FBI and SBI agents, with the help of local law enforcement, executed a search warrant at a home at 8116 Mainsail Lane in The Cape neighborhood off Carolina Beach Road. New Hanover County property records show the home is owned by Kaliope Giannoulis and Garry Slater. WWAY could not immediately find a phone number for Giannoulis or Slater.

New Hanover County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says investigators did not find anything suspicious at the house. Agents have since cleared that scene.

Brewer says agents yesterday found multiple devices, which he described as IED in nature, in Building A of North State Storage. One of the devices exploded as agents investigated with a bomb robot. A bomb squad later detonated a second device found in the unit.

Early this afternoon, crime scene tape was still up at the storage facility, but investigators said they were wrapping up their work there.

A manager at the facility told WWAY, "We just want to move past this." He then referred us to the corporate office, where no one has returned a phone message.

The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also assisting in the investigation, according to the FBI.

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