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Saturday January 23rd

Suspicious vehicle investigated in Carrboro

Durham County Bomb Squad deploys a bomb robot on Weaver St. in Carrboro in connection to the explosion at McCorkle Place on Thursday afternoon.
Buy Photos Durham County Bomb Squad deploys a bomb robot on Weaver St. in Carrboro in connection to the explosion at McCorkle Place on Thursday afternoon.

(Update 8:12 p.m.): Atack said the Durham County Bomb Squad announced they cleared the vehicle and "declared it safe from any explosive or any other potential injuries."

 Roads are opening up again in Carrboro, but West Weaver Street remains closed.

The suspicious vehicle was a 2011 Red Honda Accord and was registered with the suspect in the McCorkle Place incident this afternoon.




The evacuation perimeters have been expanded to a radius of 1500 feet, Atack said. 

If residents heard a "pop," Atack said it was part of the tests run by the Durham County Bomb Squad. 

"We are hoping the disruptive charge was the last step in the process and hoping we can move on in the next few minutes," he said.

Authorities were able to get into parts of the suspicious vehicle but didn't release information about what was inside.


(Update 6:52): Atack said the perimeters of evacuation have been extended on Weaver Street. 

The Durham County Bomb Squad is using a bomb robot to inspect the suspicious vehicle and to further ensure the safety of others. The suspicious package in the vehicle has not been determined.


Durham County Bomb Squad is in Carrboro to evaluate a suspicious a vehicle parked on West Weaver Street Thursday afternoon.

"As a result of potential safety threats from the vehicle we have asked people to evacuate from a certain perimeter and that perimeter is almost all of downtown Carrboro," Chris Atack, captain of operations for Carrboro Police Department said. "Of course it’s difficult, but we’re asking people to stay out of that corridor until we can determine that the vehicle isn’t a threat to anyone’s safety."

Downtown Carrboro locations that are currently being evacuated include North Greensboro and Shelton Streets, West Weaver and West Main Streets, Jones Ferry and West Main, South Greensboro and Roberson and East Main and Roberson Streets, according to Atack. 

"Because it’s a vehicle and we have a suspicious package we want people outside of that corridor out of an overabundance of caution," he said. 

It's unclear whether the vehicle and the incident that occurred on McCorkle Place are related, Atack said.





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