HCPD: Officer finds explosive device on Conway man walking on Hwy 544

Kevin Johnson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Kevin Johnson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Doug Johnson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Doug Johnson (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two men have been charged after Highway 544 was shut down near Highway 31 while police detonated several explosive devices found on the man, a Horry County Police report states.

Kevin Richard Johnson was arrested Thursday and charged with simple possession of marijuana, unlawful use of the telephone, unlawful carrying of pistol, and possession, manufacturing, transportation of a destructive device/explosive.

According to the police report, an officer responded to a home in Conway for a domestic violence complaint. The victim told the officer that Johnson threatened to shoot him, and played back a threatening phone message for the officer. The victim told the officer that two revolvers were missing from the residence, and gave a detailed description of Johnson.

A short time later, the officer found Johnson walking on Highway 544 near Jeremy Loop, and detained him, according to the police report. The officer found a revolver, a tube containing a "green, leafy substance" that Johnson confirmed was marijuana, and a small metallic object.

Johnson told the officer the object was an explosive device, and said he had several more at his home, the report states. The Horry County Bomb team responded and destroyed the explosive device.

Johnson was arrested and taken transported to J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Nine additional devices were found in a home on Bradford Circle and 47-year-old Doug Johnson was taken into custody. He's charged with possession of an explosive device and possession of a sawed off shotgun.

WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson was on the scene and said the device detonated with a small "thud." All Conway-bound lanes of Highway 544 just west of Highway 31 were closed Thursday night while police detonated the device, according to police.

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