Florence County man arrested for setting sleeping person on fire, making bomb threats

Arbie Turner (FCSO)

A 37-year-old Effingham man was arrested on Tuesday after police say he set a sleeping person on fire and later made bomb threats against government buildings in the area.

Arbie Hugh Turner is charged with assault and battery, first degree, and four counts of making a bomb threat, according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office (FCSO).

His arrest comes after FCSO investigators say Turner set a person on fire while they were asleep at his Cato Road home.

Turner then later allegedly sent text messages threatening to use an explosive device "to cause destruction to four governmental buildings in the area with the expressed intention to cause mass casualties," a news release from FCSO states.

Deputies say a search of Turner’s residence revealed no bomb making material or devices.

Under South Carolina law, the false making of a bomb threat is a felony punishable by between one and ten years in prison, according to the news release.

Turner is being held at the Florence County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

Deputies say they have no information about the condition of the person who was burned or if the injuries were life-threatening.

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