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Training devices cause stir at apartment building

Aug 11, 2011 9:11:00 AM - thestate.com
Updated 8:50 a.m. | An explosives scare at a Northeast Richland apartment led to an evacuation Wednesday morning.

A building at the Polo Village Apartments complex, 1270 Polo Road, was evacuated after a cleaning crew found what appeared to be an explosive device in a unit formerly occupied by a U.S. Army soldier, the Richland County Sheriff's Department said.

Around 10 a.m., someone from the apartment complex called deputies, who arrived and determined the object was an artillery simulator. The department's bomb squad detonated it in an open field.

Later, around 11 a.m., a second simulator was found in the room. This time, the department contacted Fort Jackson, whose own ordnance disposal unit took possession, the sheriff's department said.

An artillery simulator is a small tube, the approximate size and shape of a toilet paper core, which makes an artillery-like whistling sound before detonating, Fort Jackson spokesman Pat Jones said.

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