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Device detonated at Durham car repair shop

Posted November 17, 2009
Updated November 18, 2009

— The bomb squad detonated a suspicious package Tuesday afternoon at a car repair shop on N.C. Highway 55, near Sedwick Drive, in Durham.

Authorities were called to the Autosmart, 5402 N.C. Highway 55, at about 6 p.m. to investigate a suspicious device.

The sheriff’s office called the bomb squad to assist in the probe and nearby stores were evacuated.

At about 8 p.m., the bomb squad detonated the package as a precaution. Further investigation showed the package was not a bomb, and that there was never an actual threat, police said.

Part of the highway was shut down for a short time during the investigation.


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  • doubletap357 Nov 18, 2009

    It's safer to destroy a suspected devise with a controlled charge rather than to try to disarm or dismantle it. Many bombs will have anti-tampering devises built in. A water cannon is another method of safely destroying a suspected bomb.

  • alwaysconcernedmom Nov 18, 2009

    Better to be safe than sorry later on!

  • gearstickk Nov 18, 2009

    The new Durham cops motto:Lets get drunk and blow something up!

  • miked6500 Nov 18, 2009

    That sheriff should have to pay for all the cost. Come on Barney, stop over reacting.

  • TimInNC Nov 18, 2009

    OK people...here is how they blow up something that isn't a bomb. They pack shaped charges around any item suspected of being a bomb, place heav packing around it, like sandbags, in order to control the explosion, and then detonate the shaped charges to destroy the device. This is just one way, but the others are similar in concept.

    Agreed though, the headline is still misleading. Nothong new there though.

  • Joe Schmoe Nov 18, 2009

    Since when is a "suspicious package" a "device?"

    Come on, WRAL!

  • killing_me_softly Nov 18, 2009

    My question also; how do you detonate something that can't be detonated? The goal is to get you to read the story...

  • Timbo Nov 18, 2009

    One of the mechanics were probably getting his blow up dolls delivered at work.

  • 8675309-9 Nov 18, 2009

    •detonate - explode: cause to burst with a violent release of energy;

    The headline is 100% correct, they detonated a device at that location. the device was not the explosive they used though.

  • Tax Man Nov 18, 2009

    The headline should have been "Bomb squad finds no bomb in Durham" or "False Alarm for Durham Bomb Squad" - this was very misleading and actually a non-story. I wonder how many times they find "suspicious" items that turn out to NOT be explosives?