A bomb squad was called to Pisgah National Forest this week after a hunter discovered suspicious canisters near a campsite once inhabited by a fugitive who kept materials for making booby traps.
The ammo cans, discovered near the Wolf Ford Horse Camp in Transylvania County, contained ammunition and not explosives and did not need to be detonated, said a Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman.
The Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad used a high-pressure water device to blow the lids off the cans. Various calibers of ammunition were found inside.
The hunter reported his find to the U.S. Forest Service, which enlisted the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation and the Henderson County and Transylvania County sheriff’s offices to determine what was inside the containers.
The cans were found in the same area that fugitive John Joseph Hiles set up camp four years ago. Hiles, then 45, was wanted on outstanding warrants in Henderson County.
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