Explosives thrown at fire station

Clayton County Fire Station No. 5 was evacuated Sunday afternoon, after a firefighter discovered explosives in a bag in the driveway.

The bomb squad was called at 4:19 p.m., according Lt. Rebecca Brown, Clayton County Police Department spokeswoman. The Walt Stephens Road fire station was cleared out and the explosives were disposed of.

Somebody apparently threw a Crown Royal, Canadian Whiskey bag out of the window of a passing car. At first, firefighters thought it was litter, but the bag actually contained two red sticks of explosives.

The Emutrench explosives, emulsion devices used for blasting in a rock quarry are considered "class 3" explosives, Brown said.

It was not immediately clear why the explosives were thrown out in front of the fire station. Police could not say if they suspected terrorism, a prank, or some sort of accident. The investigation is ongoing.

- Daniel Silliman