October 25, 2014

Olympiad tests bomb squad skills for SC law enforcement

Orangeburg County will host to a rather unusual competition this week.  You’ve seen a relay race before  but how about contestants running it in a 70-pound bomb suit? That will be one of the events at the Bomb Squad Olympiad–an event hosted by the State Law Enforcement Division in the town of Bowman this week.

Beginning Tuesday, the event is designed to showcase how bomb squads across the state train to do their jobs. It also helps these same experts practice their skills for the possibility of one day dealing with real bomb threats.

Besides a bomb suit relay, other events include a robot obstacle course and the “Hook and Line” in which a fake bombs are placed inside vehicles and the experts are tested on their ability to remove them.

The olympiad will be at the old Bowman High School and runs through Thursday. Among the groups represented throughout the Southeast will be SLED’s own bomb squad. This is the event’s second year.