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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad will conduct a demolition procedure at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the agency’s firearms range off Landfill Lane in the Edmund community. During the procedure, specially trained explosive demolition technicians will detonate and destroy old ammunition, old dynamite, aerial flares and other explosive materials that the Bomb Squad has collected in recent months.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the news media is invited to witness the demolition procedure, which will be conducted at the A. Lewis McCarty Firearms Range off Landfill Lane near the Lexington County Landfill in the Edmund community.

Col. Mel Seboe, who supervises the Bomb Squad, will be available for interviews on Thursday concerning the demolition procedure, Metts said. In 2011, Seboe received international recognition as the oldest, longest-serving certified explosive demolition technician in the world.

In 2011, the Bomb Squad conducted 58 missions, including 39 investigations concerning suspicious packages and bomb threats, Metts said. The Bomb Squad is comprised of four nationally-certified explosive demolition technicians who received training at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Bomb Data Center. Bomb Squad members investigate suspicious packages, safely dispose of explosives and investigate bomb threats.

The FBI Bomb Data Center requires trained explosive demolition technicians to be re-certified every three years, Metts said. Metts implemented the Bomb Squad in 1973.

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