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On Sunday, the Newport News bomb squad detonated a safe
found in the Hampton Woods Plaza Shopping Center. Hampton
police and fire rescue crews with the bomb squad were called
to investigate a suspicious item, which turned out to be a safe.
Because they couldn’t determine what was inside (or they were
just bored), the bomb squad blew it up.
It might be an expensive item that several counties share when needed.
I'm sure places like New York City have stuff like that, but the smaller cities and towns probably can't afford it.
Newport News Fire Department Bomb Squad
The Bomb Squad provides emergency response and mitigation to incidents that are suspected to be explosive in nature, and/or be affiliated with biological or chemical substances. The fire department’s nationally accredited explosive device response capability is based upon personnel who receive advanced explosive device render safe training. When requested, by either another municipality or the FBI, the Bomb Squad responds to other jurisdictions to assist with explosive device mitigation.
A component of the Special Operations Branch, the Chief Fire Marshal serves as the Bomb Squad Commander, and assigns a Team Leader to each shift. The department staffs the Bomb Squad with eleven nationally certified Hazardous Device (bomb) Technician slots.
In 2004, the squad obtained Drake, a golden retriever trained in locating materials used in creating explosive devices, firearms, and ammunition.
The Bomb Squad apparatus includes a medium duty rescue and step van that tows a containment vessel. The team currently has available a wide range of equipment, robotics, and advanced technology enabling it to respond to, identify, and mitigate explosive device incidents and threats within the city and the surrounding mutual aid jurisdictions.