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Motive unclear after man sets off explosive device

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James Hannett (Source: Florence County Detention Center) James Hannett (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A Florence man is facing felony charges after police say he set off an explosive device near several homes in the Florence area.

Captain Michael Nunn, spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office, reports that they received a call around 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon indicating that someone had detonated an explosive device in the area of the Smith and Smith mobile home park in Florence, just off Gilbert Drive.

The sheriff's office and several fire units responded to the area, and were told the suspect was 44-year-old James Hannett of Florence. They obtained a warrant for his arrest and located him later that afternoon in the mobile home park, Nunn explains. 

Hannett was taken into custody and charged with possession of an explosive device.

No persons or property were harmed when the device was detonated, but possession of an explosive device or any components of one is a felony in South Carolina.

Its still unknown if Hannett had a motive. He was released from the Florence County Detention Center on Wednesday morning.

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