Bomb squad called out to Winder gas station

WINDER - Entry into a gas station on North Broad Street was blocked off Thursday night after a metal case was left lying next to a gas pump.

Winder Police Department spokesman Lt. Dennis Dorsey said the University of Georgia Police Bomb Squad was called to assist police in moving the case and possibly defusing any bomb it might contain.

The bomb squad arrived a little before 11 p.m.

As of press time Thursday night, the bomb squad was still in the process of moving and examining the case. Dorsey could not say with any certainty if the bomb was real.

Dorsey said an unknown man driving a black car pulled recklessly into the Exxon Station/Golden Pantry around 9:20 p.m., threw the metal case at the pump and fled at a high rate of speed.

A gas station attendant, who was standing out in the parking lot when the incident occurred, was unable to get a license plate number or a good description of the vehicle.

The attendant told police that the driver was possibly a white man, but was unable to get any type of description on the passenger. Dorsey said the bomb squad's robots were in the process of moving the case between 11 and 11:30 p.m.

A Winder police officer also shut off the gas pumps after arriving on the scene.

When asked if the case was ticking or making any noise, Dorsey was uncertain.

"I don't think any of us got close enough to hear if it (was) ticking," Dorsey said.

According to the UGA Web site, the bomb squad is the primary squad in northeast Georgia and comprises technicians and K-9 handlers who work with dogs that detect explosives.

The bomb squad is partnered with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.