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Homes rock from explosion as Horry County Police detonate 19th century bomb

What police believe is an unexploded ordnance that was brought to the Horry County Police Dept. headquarters late Thursday afternoon.
What police believe is an unexploded ordnance that was brought to the Horry County Police Dept. headquarters late Thursday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Horry County Police Dept.

An area resident brought what was believed to be a bomb to Horry County Police Department headquarters in Conway late Thursday afternoon, but the person had no malicious intent.

It was brought to the station to be checked out. The item was determined to be an unexploded 1899 French artillery shell, and both the HCPD bomb squad and a U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team worked on it before detonating it at a location near Conway at about 8 p.m.

The front of the Horry County M.L. Brown Building was taped off as a precaution while the ordnance was being investigated.

Some Conway residents reported hearing a loud explosion and experiencing some vibrations in their home as the device was detonated, but Horry County Police assured all was well.

Master Sgt. Tony Palomo with MCAS Beaufort Explosive Ordnance Disposal team talks Dec. 14, 2016, about the World War II era ordnance found on Hilton Head Island.

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