Two SBI Bomb Squad Agents Still Recovering After Sampson County Explosion

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Officials with the State Bureau of Investigation say two agents injured in a Sampson County explosion Friday morning are recovering from surgery.

ASAC Tim Luper and SA Brian Joy both underwent successful surgeries Tuesday. Officials say the two agents are in good spirits.

Luper underwent surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder sustained in the explosion and is listed as stable condition. He also suffered second degree burns in the incident.

Officials say Joy underwent surgery for third degree burns, but is still listed as critical condition.

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Original Story (July 26, 2019):

RALEIGH, N.C. — Two State Bureau of Investigation Bomb Squad agents were injured in an explosion in Sampson County, North Carolina, on Friday morning, according to officials.

According to the NCSBI,  Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Luper and Special Agent Brian Joy were assisting the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office with a search Thursday night and into Friday morning, when they found bomb making materials.

The explosion occurred as the agents were conducting a render safe operation on the materials.

Agent Joy was airlifted to the NC Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill for treatment. He is now listed in critical condition.

ASAC Luper was also taken to the burn center for treatment.  He is listed in stable condition.