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UPDATED ON 6: New Information Released From Investigation Into Aiken Suspicious Vehicle

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***UPDATED at 3:10 P.M. on Thursday, April, 18th***

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office released a statement Thursday afternoon concerning the investigation into a suspicious vehicle at an Aiken hotel that was reported Thursday morning. Click to read that statement.

Read the statement below:

Today, April 18, 2013 at 8:22 AM the Aiken County Sheriff's Office was contacted in reference to a suspicious gold colored Ford Expedition parked on the property of the Country Inn and Suites, 3200 block of Whiskey Rd, Aiken SC. Deputies arrived on scene and observed two gas cans and an oxygen tank under the vehicle. A perimeter was established around the vehicle and several agencies were contacted to help with the investigation. The perimeter was approximately one mile. Whiskey Road was closed from Citadel Road to Talatha Church Road. The purpose of the road closure was primarily to provide room for all emergency equipment and personnel. Guests of the hotel were moved to an area deemed safe inside the building by State Law Enforcement Division's Bomb Squad.

Through the investigation SLED's Bomb Squad determined that there was no threat from the vehicle and deemed the area safe. Investigators made contact with the owner of the vehicle who is an out of town construction worker. The reason for leaving the canisters with the truck was because the work site he was currently at would not allow those items there.

Agencies who assisted with the investigation are Aiken Department of Public Safety, State Law Enforcement Division, South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina Transport Police, Aiken County Haz Mat, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.


***UPDATED at 12:06 P.M. on Thursday, April 18th***

We have leanred from officials on the scene that the gas cans were left by construction workers who were not allowed to take them to their job site.


***UPDATED at 11:59 A.M. on Thursday, April 18th***

We have an update to a developing story out of Aiken.

Law enforcement officials were called out to the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson located at 3270 Whiskey Road in Aiken around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The response was due to reports of a suspicious looking beige SUV. When officials arrived, they found gas cans that had been placed under the SUV. Those gas cans have now been disarmed.

The Hazmat team is there along with South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) officers, Aiken County Sheriff's Office deputies, Aiken Department of Public Safety officers.

There have been no injuries reported and no word if anyone has been arrested, at this time.

We will continue to follow this developing story and bring you new information as it becomes available.


***POSTED at 11:29 A.M. on Thursday, April 18th***

WJBF News Channel 6 has received reports a suspicious vehicle has been reported at an Aiken hotel.

Several law enforcement agencies have responded to a report of a suspicous van parked at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, located at 3270 Whiskey Road, in Aiken.

Whiskey Road is currently blocked off as officials investigate the claim.

We have a crew on the scene and we will provide more information as it becomes available.

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