Explosive devices outside Ruth’s Restaurant are inert practice devices

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UPDATE: The owner of Ruth’s Family Restaurant, Dee Garland, says the customer is a regular. He was a part of the Wounded Warrior project.

Garland says a widow of the customer’s military friend gave him memorabilia that included these inert devices.

The man called police for proper disposal. Police reached out to a bomb squad to make sure these training devices were not active.

After the scene was cleared, the man came back to the restaurant to apologize. He told the owner he did not mean to cause a stir.

Business carried on as usual.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – Columbia County investigators responded to calls of alleged explosive devices in a car outside Ruth’s Restaurant on Washington Road, Thursday.

Investigators, K-9 units and the Richmond County Bomb Squad responded.

Officials tell us a man named Mike Saintclair claims stated he was attempting to ‘turn in’ several explosive devices he claims he was given.

Officials tells us that the devices, grenades, detonators and claymore mine were all found to be inert practice devices.

Nearby businesses were evacuated during the investigation.

No charges will be filed.

Count on NewsChannel 6 for more details as they become available.

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