Police investigate after teen allegedly throws explosive device in road

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The Goose Creek Police Department says they are investigating a suspicious fire where an explosive device was thrown onto St. James Avenue in Goose Creek.

According to a witness, a high school student threw a bottle filled with bullets and flammable liquid onto Highway 176 near the Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday night.

When police arrived on the scene, they noticed a smoldering bottle and immediately closed the lane down. Authorities say that the bottle appeared to be partially filled with an unknown fluid with some type of paper or cloth placed into the opening of the bottle.

The Goose Creek Fire Department discovered fourteen .22 caliber Remington bullets inside the bottle. Officials say the liquid inside was likely flammable paint thinner. Once fire crews contained the bottle, police checked the area and found a foxhole that had been dug in the woods and had been covered by a wooden pallet and blue tarp.

Officers then searched the nearby wooded area and saw a shining light that appeared to be signaling the police. When officers were within 15 yards of two subjects, the duo began running away from the officers, authorities report.

As officers pursued the two suspects, they came across a 16-year-old boy who said he had nothing to do with it and said it was the other two subjects.

The 16-year-old boy told police that he and a student went to an apartment to meet another 16-year-old boy. The student went into one of the apartment's rooms and stole the .22 caliber bullets, according to the boy.

The boy explained that the subject filled a bottle with a mixture of flammable liquids, lit it on fire and threw it onto St. James Avenue. The boy described the device as a Molotov cocktail. The boy said he and the other 16-year-old boy told him not to throw it into the roadway, but the subject did it anyway.

Sometime later, the other 16-year-old boy and his mother arrived at the Goose Creek Police Department and said that he was also not aware of the subject's plan to throw the device into traffic until just before he did it. The boy said that the subject laughed after he threw the bottle into the roadway.

Police are continuing the investigation.

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