Second man charged for incendiary devices in Myrtle Beach

5th Ave North explosives
Robin Scott Peterman (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)
Robin Scott Peterman (Source: Myrtle Beach Police)
Mark Victor Powell Jr. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department)
Mark Victor Powell Jr. (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - After further investigation, a second person has been arrested for the possession of destructive devices in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Police, Horry County Police and SLED were on scene Monday night after a possible explosive device was found on a man walking near the 400 block of Fifth Avenue North.

According to a news release from MBPD, at about 11:10 p.m. on Monday, officers observed Mark Victor Powell Jr. walking near the incident location. Officers knew Powell was wanted for a local bench warrant, and stopped him to confirm.

Once the warrant was confirmed, officers secured and searched Powell, and found items "consistent with incendiary devices," the release states.

Officers placed these items on the ground, secured the area, and called in the Horry County Bomb team to handle the devices.

At this time, we don't know what the device was or what specific location it was detonated in, but police closed off Chester Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenue.

According to officials in the Myrtle Beach Jail, Mark Victor Powell has been served a warrant for possession of incendiary devices. He had an arraignment hearing Wednesday and was given a $2,000 surety bond.

Lance Wallace is a resident on Chester Street he said he was asked to evacuate, "They told us they were investigating the situation and around twenty minutes later. They came knocking at your door telling us we had to evacuate and stay on the far end of the house because they had a bomb and the bomb squad was coming."

Wallace adds even though the person involved is under arrest it doesn't make him feel that much more safe, "it takes the load off to know they caught the guy, but who knows if there is another guy out there thinking the same thing."

Powell has a previous criminal record. He was arrested and charged back in February with possession of drugs.

Capt David Knipes tells WMBF News that the police investigation into that initial incendiary device led them to arrest and charge 55-year-old Robin Peterman with the manufacture, transport and possession of a destructive device. At a hearing Wednesday, bond was set at $2,000.

Knipes believes Peterman had the materials to create an explosive device, but an assembled device was not in his possession.

In an interview with police, Powell said that he got the items from Peterman, and there were other devices on the coffee table inside Peterman's apartment, according to an affidavit obtained by WMBF News.

Peterman consented to a voluntary search of his apartment, where two PVC pipes were found, one with a hole drilled in it and a fuse inserted in the hole. There was also some form of suspected gun powder found in a container, the affidavit states.

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