Bomb squads disarm explosives in Wayne County

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GOLDSBORO — Authorities disarmed two explosive devices that had been turned over to volunteer firefighters Sunday afternoon in rural Wayne County.

Sheriff’s deputies said someone brought the devices to the Dudley Volunteer Fire Department on U.S. 117 Alternate in the Dudley community south of Goldsboro around 2 p.m. Firefighters determined the two items could be explosives and notified the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies requested assistance from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base’s explosive ordnance disposal team and the State Bureau of Investigation bomb squad. The federal and state officials worked together to identify and disarm the explosives, sheriff’s Maj. Richard Lewis said in a news release.

“A robot was used to move the items to a safe area in the vicinity of the fire station and rendered safe by the teams,” Lewis said in the release. “After being rendered safe, a more thorough examination of the remains was conducted and it was determined that the items were explosive in nature.”

The sheriff’s office has not identified the individual who brought the explosives to the fire station.

Lewis said the FBI has been notified and the case remains under investigation.