The two Middle East-born men held in Berkeley County after explosive devices were found in their car have been charged with one count a piece of possession of an incendiary device. Police denied that the two were pulled over because they were of Arabian decent, stating that they acted suspiciously when pulled over for speeding on Hwy. 176 in Goose Creek.

Both now living in Tampa, Fla., Yousef Samir Megahed, 21, originally from Egypt, and Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed, 24, originally from Kuwait, were going at least 15 miles over the posted speed limit when pulled over, according to the Sheriff’s Office. When approaching the vehicle, the officer noticed the men closing a laptop computer and stowing it on the backseat. Responses to questions about where the men were going and where they were coming from were erratic, leading the officer to ask if he could search the vehicle.

The men stated they had fireworks in the trunk and that sent off red flags. Officials did not have further details about the explosives in the car, but noted that they looked “homemade.” Lab tests on the are expected to be completed later today. The FBI has taken over the investigation.

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