Crews detonated old military artillery near former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base


People living near the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base may have heard a loud boom around 6:30 p.m. Friday as crews detonated old military artillery.

Construction crews uncovered old artillery at a site in the former base earlier Friday, according to Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police.

Horry County police and the SLED bomb squad responded to the scene. The Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal also responded to the area and determined the old artillery was too unstable to move elsewhere, so crews detonated it at the site.

The area was quarantined off and all residents were safe, Crosby said. Crews detonated two ordnances and were finished by 8:30 p.m.

Crosby did not have specifics on the specific type of artillery found.