Mysterious weekend explosion being investigated by deputies in Clover

Published: Sep. 8, 2015 at 8:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jan. 18, 2017 at 5:22 PM EST
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A pink powder could also be seen where the alleged crater was spotted (Michael Clark | WBTV)
A pink powder could also be seen where the alleged crater was spotted (Michael Clark | WBTV)

CLOVER, SC (WBTV) - Deputies in York County are investigating what caused an explosion in a quiet neighborhood over the weekend.

A neighbor reported hearing a loud boom just before 7 p.m. Saturday near Cedar Hill Lane outside of Clover. He told deputies he saw a plume of gray and brown smoke about 75 feet in the air, and said the vibrations were so strong his house shook.

First responders called a couple of members of the Rock Hill Police Department's Bomb Squad for their assistance.

"It just sounded like the loudest thing I had heard out here," said neighbor Sue Smith. All that's left from a Saturday explosion, pieces of bags, pink powder, and a lot of mystery among the neighbors who live here.

According to a sheriff's report, responding deputies described a crater 5-feet in diameter. The hole was difficult to spot Tuesday, but WBTV cameras did spot pink powder and other debris listed in the report.

"We almost could feel the vibration in the house," said Clyde Sargent, who lives right next to the property where the explosion took place.

The area is behind a cul-de-sac and requires walking or driving up a dirt path.

A neighbor reported seeing a suspicious car in the area before the explosion and again afterward. It was described as a dark grey four-door sedan with black rims, large wheels, and a rumbled muffler. The complainant thought the vehicle may have been a Mazda.

Sargent saw a vehicle parked near the house, but did not think anything of it.

"A lot of people came to look at lots this fall and through the summer, and we just figured it was somebody lot looking," Sargent said.

Some wondered if the loud boom came at the hands of teenagers or someone else pulling a prank.

A spokesperson for the sheriff's office could only say they were actively investigating to see if a crime was committed.

Smith said the noise that interrupted her family's dinner didn't sound like a prank.

"I mean sure, kids do fireworks and stuff like that, but that was not a kid playing," Smith said.

Other neighbors, like John Anderson, said they heard more loud noises the very next day. He was not sure if they were connected.

"While I was still out there cleaning the table off - bang - I hear another one down there. This is not target practice, because I've shot guns all my life and you don't shoot, load up, wait a half an hour and shoot again," Anderson said.

The property owner said he has no idea who would be on his land. He planned to buy no trespassing signs to keep people off his lot while deputies investigate.

If you know anything about what happened, call the York County Sheriff's Office.

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