Grenade in Pawleys Island dumpster 'not active'

The Horry County Bomb Disposal Team is on scene. (Source:
The Horry County Bomb Disposal Team is on scene. (Source:

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WCSC/WMBF) - The recycling center located in Pawleys Island was shut down for over an hour Monday as crews investigated what appeared to be a hand grenade.

Midway Fire Rescue spokesman Bob Beebe said the apparent explosive device was found in a dumpster at a Georgetown County recycling center located on the 500 block of Grate Avenue in Pawleys Island.

The recycling center, and all adjacent roads, were shut down around 9:30 a.m.

Georgetown Department of Public Services, Director Ray Funnye says the device was discovered by the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office in one of the recycling bins.

The bomb squad from Horry County was dispatched to assist authorities in Georgetown County as they assessed the situation, but as Director Funnye reports, they determined the device was not active.

The device was removed from the facility, which reopened just before 11 a.m.

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