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Pipe bomb explosions damage South Carolina courthouse, police say

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Two homemade pipe bombs went off Sunday night in South Carolina’s Upstate, breaking windows at the Pickens County Courthouse, police said.

The bombs went off at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday, Pickens police said in a press release. No one was inside the courthouse at the time, and no one was injured in the blasts, police said.

Police said the two devices were “intentionally set” near the courthouse’s air conditioning units outside the building. What was left of the bombs “appeared to be characteristic of homemade pipe bombs,” according to police.

No arrests have been made as of Monday morning, police said.

Pickens is a small town in western South Carolina, about 30 minutes outside of Greenville.

Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad and the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office are helping with the investigation.

The Transportation Security Administration trains an average of 230 dogs a year to detect explosives at its center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.
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