Device found in Bennettsville apartment building

      Police have charged Michael Vanlons, of Bennettsville, with Manufacturing an Improvised Explosive Device after a device was found in the basement of an apartment complex.

      Bennettsville police called in the State Law Enforcement Division's bomb squad to investigate a possible explosive device at an apartment complex on Market street in Bennettsville.

      Police tell NewsChannel 15 around noon Monday, someone moving into the apartment found a suspicious device in the basement of the building.

      SLED used a robot to retrieve the device. It took it to a safe location, put it in a hole in the ground and used a small explosive charge on the device to detonate and destroy it.

      Police say say Vanlons was once a resident at the apartment, but had been evicted.