Update: From www.abcnews4.com
No Link to Terrorism
Goose Creek - Two
men are being held in the Berkeley County Detention Center after police
find explosive making devices in their car. There are conflicting
reports as to the quantity of explosive making materials in that
vehicle. FBI (website) reports
are saying that there is not believed to be a link to terrorism. The
men 21-year-old Yousef Megahed and 24-year-old Ahmed Mohamed (seen in
the video attachment) were pulled over Saturday evening during a
routine traffic stop near Myers Road and Highway 176. Among the
explosive devices found were igniters and fusers. Few details about
the suspects are known at this time. They are believed to be students
at a Florida college. They are of Middle Eastern descent and are not
US citizens. Neither man has been charged, but charges are expected
Monday. A press conference will be held in Berkeley County on Monday
morning. Among the potential charges is possession of unlawful
explosives. Officials are not at this time releasing any additional
information. Highway 176 in Goose Creek was shut down and has since
reopened. Stay tuned to ABC News 4 and www.abcnews4.com for details as they become available.
CNN is currently reporting that two men of middle eastern origin are being detained for possession of unlawful explosives in an automobile they were occupying. CNN also reports that a ready made bomb, and bomb making components were also found in the car.
Here is the report as originally posted on CNN.com:
GOOSE CREEK, South Carolina (AP) -- Two men were detained after police found a suspicious item in their car during a routine traffic stop near Charleston and detonated it, authorities said Sunday.
A bomb squad robot searches a car on U.S. Highway 176 in Goose Creek, South Carolina, Saturday night.
The men, who had been stopped for speeding, were being held pending a charge of unlawful possession of an explosive device, said Berkeley County sheriff's Lt. Vince Lombard.
Lombard would not say what the device was or what bomb technicians from neighboring Charleston County exploded about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. The item made a loud bang, similar to a firecracker, when it was demolished.
No charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon, Berkeley County Chief Deputy Butch Henerey told The Post and Courier of Charleston for a story posted on its Web site Sunday. The sheriff's office would not comment to The Associated Press.
Authorities closed a mile-long stretch of U.S. Highway 176 at about 7 p.m. Saturday, and federal officials said there was "no immediate threat." It reopened at about 4 a.m. Sunday.
Goose Creek, South Carolina, is home to the Naval Weapons Station, which houses the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig, a military prison where enemy combatants have been held.
The car was heading west, away from Goose Creek, when it was pulled over about 7 miles from the sprawling Navy facility, Lombard said.
An FBI spokesmen said no more information would be released until Monday.
Goose Creek, with a population of about 30,000, is about 20 miles north of Charleston.