Two North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI) Bomb Squad agents were severely injured in an explosion while they were working at a crime scene in Sampson County on July 26, 2019. Agents Timothy Luper and Brian Joy had been called in after Sampson County deputies found homemade bombs and bomb-making materials in a search after a traffic stop. The explosion happened as the agents were working to dispose of dangerous materials found at the suspect's home.
Injuries included second and third-degree burns so the agents were hospitalized at the burn center in Chapel Hill, NC. Both men will require surgeries and extensive time in the hospital. Funding is sought to assist their families with the expenses of travel, meals, and lodging as they spend the coming weeks supporting the injured agents.
This need is urgent and ongoing. At this time it is unknown how long the agents will be hospitalized.