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08/10/04

Explosives Cause Evacuation for Second Time

For the second time in the last three weeks, a west Savannah neighborhood was evacuated because of explosives. Just before 6pm last night, Savannah-Chatham police were called to a house on Montgomery Street where someone had reported a burglary.

Police quickly noticed it was the same house in which military weapons were found on July 22 after an explosion inside a Dumpster. The occupants of the house, Brandon and Broderick Dass, had been arrested earlier on weapons charges, and police found a cache of weapons in the home after the explosion.

Last night, officers searched again and this time they found something else. While searching the empty property, police found an anti-tank warhead. Once they realized they had serious explosives on their hands, they evacuated an entire two-block radius.

Police weren't sure exactly what they were dealing with at first. "It was concealed pretty good in the residence," said SCMPD spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson. "The officers noticed something, but they didn't recognize exactly what it was. But considering the history of the residence and the explosion that took place here not more than three weeks ago, they didn't take any chances."

Once the police realized that they weren't equipped to handle an anti-tank warhead, they called in the 38th Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit from Fort Stewart. They weren't sure exactly what they were doing to do with the missile either, at first, whether to explode it at the scene or take it back to Fort Stewart.

They ultimately moved the missile to the Exchange Club Fairgrounds and blew it up. Fortunately no one was injured and residents were allowed back in their homes around 11:30pm.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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