Marine Corps bomb squad disposes of ordnance brought to Bluffton police station

mmcnab@islandpacket.comDecember 9, 2013 

Bomb squads were called to the Bluffton Police Department on Monday morning after a man brought old military ordnance to the police station for disposal, shutting down the area around the department for nearly five hours.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office bomb squad and an explosives disposal team from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort were called in to handle the ordnance, which has not been identified.

Some of the ordnance appeared to date to World War II, while some could be from as far back as World War I, according to a release from the police department.

The man who delivered the ordnance was not identified by police. He arrived at the police department shortly after 9 a.m., telling officers he wished to dispose of the ordnance.

Police cordoned off his vehicle and asked people in nearby buildings to leave using back doors, Capt. Angela McCall-Tanner said. Access to a nearby shopping center was temporarily blocked off, and Bluffton Township Fire Department and Beaufort County EMS vehicles were positioned at a bowling alley a few hundred yards from the station.

The Marine disposal team confirmed the ordnance was military issue and collected it for disposal, according to the police department news release.

The man who brought it to the police station said it had been in his family for years and had been brought down from New York, according to McCall-Tanner.

No further information about the ordnance has been released.

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort public affairs officer Cpl. Ronald Driver said the disposal teamwill identify, then destroy the material.

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