Incendiary Devices Found – Brevard, NC
Last updated 3/18/2021 at 9:22am
Downtown Brevard was back open for business this morning after multiple incendiary devices were discovered Sunday morning near First Baptist Church of Brevard, the Transylvania County Community Services building and the American Legion building, closing off much of the downtown area while authorities searched the scene.
Also, this morning, a section of Johnson Street between Rice and East Morgan streets, which is near the Community Services Building, was cordoned off.
Police would not comment.
Brevard Police Department, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, ATF and the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office have all collaborated on the investigation.
It was previously reported that none of the devices appeared to have detonated, but this morning Brevard Police Chief Phil Harris said that some of the devices did go off. At this time, Harris said authorities were still investigating the total number of devices found, but he guessed the number of devices totaled around five.
No one was injured in the incident, but church services at First Baptist were evacuated, when the first device was found at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
"Multiple leads have been tracked and eliminated as potentially connected with this incident. As in any investigation of this scope, other leads have come to the attention of investigators and are being pursued. At this time, no arrests have been made in connection with this incident," said a press release issued by the Brevard Police Department.
Harris said the devices appeared to be "homemade" and "simple" and that he cannot confirm if any witnesses perceived them when the devices detonated. It was only after experts examined the devices that they could confirm the devices had, in fact, been detonated.
Devices that were not detonated, along with the ones that appear to have exploded, were collected at the scene and have been sent for processing by explosives experts. It is unclear at this time how many devices in total detonated. For most of Sunday, an area including most of East Main Street, East Morgan Street and Gaston Street were roped off.
Law enforcement officers, investigators and bomb sniffing dogs searched the area extensively into Sunday night, and as of Monday morning.
Harris said businesses in downtown Brevard had been told it was safe to open.
As of this morning, Harris said authorities have not been able to determine any motive in connection with the devices, nor has any connection been made with any group or individual who may be responsible.
The Brevard Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact Crime Stoppers of Transylvania County at (828) 862-7463. Callers may remain anonymous and tips leading to an arrest could result in a reward.