Authorities Blow Up Military Missile in Samson

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

Authorities in Geneva County came across quite a surprise Wednesday morning.

County workers stumbled across what appeared to be a military missile just lying near a creek in Samson.

Two U.S. army soldiers from Fort Benning, Georgia made the nearly three hour trip to Samson to safely blow up the missile.

Authorities still aren't sure if the missile was live, but they did make sure to take every precaution to keep people safe.

“Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole!” screamed one of the soldiers.

Next was a loud ‘boom’ that send sand flying into the air. And just like that, the Samson missile crisis was over.

“They attached some c-4 and they rendered it safe by blowing it up,” said Lt. Keith Gray with the Dothan Police Department’s Bomb and Explosive Devices Unit.

Authorities spent all day Wednesday on Traveler's Rest Road, keeping traffic from coming through after some Geneva county workers made a startling discovery.

“The county bridge department discovered a missile in the creek bed,” said Samson Police Chief Gary Weeks.

Officials say they're not sure where the missile came from.

“They have a rocket launching club in Samson but after closer inspection we realized it wasn't from them,” said Lt. Gray.

But investigators believe the rocket may have been from the military.

“We think it may have come from a helicopter but we're not 100% sure,” added Lt. Gray.

Workers with the Geneva County Road and Bridge Department were doing work on a culvert by the creek when they discovered the missile. They say the missile about three inches in diameter and about four feet long.

“It had a black head on it and it had fins, four retractable fins,” said Chief Weeks.

The Dothan Police Department’s Bomb and Explosive Devices was called in to assist. They sent in a remote controlled robot to get a closer look.

“The robot has cameras on it that we control remotely; it has a lot of capabilities. We got a better look, a safer look,” said Lt. Gray.

Authorities weren't sure if they rocket was dangerous but they took every precaution to keep everyone safe.
“As far as it appears, it's live and we have no idea what it could contain,” said Lt. Gray.

“If it's live, it's dangerous...if it's live it could blow up at anytime,” added Chief Weeks.

Authorities say they're not sure how long the missile had been lying in the creed bed, but it appears that it has been there for years. For now, the road is back open and the missile has been dismantled.

During the scare, authorities evacuated several homes in the area.

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  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    Can someone please print some T-shirts: "Samson Missile Crisis 2010" I will buy several...
  • by rodsmith on May 6, 2010 at 01:14 PM
    sure hope someone had enough brains to get an id number so we can figure out where it came from and how it got there so we can prevent it happening again. as for it coming from a helo! you think the pilot woudnt' knowtice he's chopper got 100's of lbs lighter suddenly and at least wonder what fell off!
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