Benny Dickson, an Edgefield County resident, had few words for what he found. He says, “here I am in my own front yard and explosives? The two just don't seem to jive, you know?”
That's all Benny Dickson could think about when he was out trying to fix a broken waterline in his front yard and ran across this; seven, half pound cylinders of Military grade T-N-T locked in what he thought was a metal ammunition box.
“I opened it up and there was a detonation chord wrapped all around the top of it. I took the detonation chord out and it was all marked TNT, high explosive,” Dickson explains.
Dickson says his time in the Army helped him recognize the box. From there, he says he knew just what to do.
“I was in demolition and combat engineers in Vietnam. So, I knew I better call 9-1-1 and make sure it wasn't unstable or that I wasn't gonna get blown up or nothing,” he adds.
Several emergency crews including the Richmond County bomb squad came out to the scene. Like the authorities, Dickson wanted to know where the explosives came from.
Police say, to his surprise, the devices may have come from near by.
He says, “there was a neighbor that used to be in the military that used to live next door here several years ago. From what I understand, he's passed away now, but that he was an Armor in the military.” Before the house was built Dickson says.
We spoke to several neighbors off-camera who say they were also surprised. That's why Dickson says it's important to know what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation.
He says, “I would suggest you leave it right where it is if you think it's some kind of explosion and call 9-1-1.”
We've put in calls to the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office about the incident. We're still waiting on a response.