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Civilian arrested at military base with possible explosives

By the CNN Wire Staff
Bomb squads from Fort Gordon and Richmond County, Georgia, were called to a remote location on the base.
Bomb squads from Fort Gordon and Richmond County, Georgia, were called to a remote location on the base.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Man detained after "possible grenades" were found in vehicle, officials say
  • Bomb squads were called to Fort Gordon in Georgia to investigate vehicle
  • Base spokesman: Search uncovered other "militarylike" items

(CNN) -- Military police at Fort Gordon, near Augusta, Georgia, have arrested a civilian for impersonating a soldier after "possible grenades" were found in his vehicle on base, a base spokesman said early Wednesday.

The Fort Gordon and Richmond County bomb squads were called to a remote location on the base after a search of the vehicle the man had been driving uncovered "several possible grenades" and other "militarylike" items, according to Buz Yarnell, a base spokesman. The FBI is leading the investigation, he said.

Authorities believe the man may have been involved in earlier thefts of military equipment at Fort Gordon, Yarnell said.

A report of a suspicious person on the base Tuesday afternoon led military police to the suspect.

CNN's Samuel Gardner contributed to this report.