Horry County Police Department gets fired up for explosives training

Throughout the week of Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, the Horry County Police Department has teamed up with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to present an explosives training session for members of the Horry County Bomb Squad.

"We have bomb techs that are doing continuous training. We also have some practicing personnel who have to process the scene and process the evidence after a potential explosion when it happens. And in order to properly do that, you have to know how things work," Lieutenant Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department said.

During these training sessions, a variety of explosive devices made from simple substances like baby oil and aluminum powder are set off near Myrtle Beach International Airport. Over the next few days, students will examine these makeshift crime scenes and put the pieces from the bombs back together, similar to a real explosive situation.

"Our bomb squad's the busiest out of all the special operations teams. Out of SWAT, out of negotiations, out of the bloodhound tracking team, they're almost used daily," Lieutenant Kegler said.

Because of Horry County's military history, Lieutenant Kegler says it's important for the bomb squad to know exactly how to handle a wide variety of explosive devices.

"Myrtle Beach is surrounded by an old military base. And the Carolina Forest area specifically was one of the old bombing ranges, so every time a new neighborhood is built and the ground is dug up, there's potential to find devices from training back in the military days," Lieutenant Kegler said.

Those in the area of Myrtle Beach International Airport can expect to hear explosions from the training for the next few days.