Anderson County deputies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating after they said a man suffered minor injuries when a device inside a wicker basket detonated in Starr Tuesday night.
Deputies say they received a call at approximately 9:02 p.m. regarding an exploded device in the roadway at Martin Road and Travis Road.
Daniel Miller said it was sometime around 8:45 PM Tuesday night when he heard an unusual sound outside his Starr home.
"I heard this boom and it was so loud,” explained Miller, “I was convinced it was right outside the window."
Miller says he went outside and saw a vehicle parked alongside the intersection of Travis and Martin Roads. He saw a man on the phone next to the vehicle.
"He came down the road and said there was a box in the center line of the road at the intersection,” explained Miller, “He opened the door to see what it was and when he touched it, it blew up."
Deputies said the 49-year-old victim found the wicker basket in the road at the intersection and got out of his vehicle to inspect it. When he opened the box, he told deputies he heard a hissing sound and then the box exploded.
Deputies said the victim suffered lacerations to his leg but denied medical treatment.
"At this time we are unsure exactly what type of device was involved," said Detective Nikki Carson. "Our agency is working jointly with ATF to investigate this incident and to gather additional information. The FBI has been notified as well."
The FBI confirmed Wednesday they are assisting in the investigation but unable to provide any details.
On Monday, Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said a second "suspicious package" was under investigation after being found on Richland Drive and Highway 29. FBI is also handling that investigation.
No suspects have been identified at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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