The State Ports Authority says it's making changes to security drills after a fake bomb made its way out of the Morehead City Port and caused a scare in Virginia.
State Ports Communications Director Shannon Moody tells WITN that it happened two weeks ago after authorities planted the device in the back of an 18-wheeler. It was part of periodic security tests conducted at the port.
But Moody says security screeners failed to find the fake bomb, and it ended up at the Goodyear Tire plant in Danville, Virginia. The Ports Authority says the plant wasn't notified because they thought the device was crushed by the crates in the truck.
The tire plant was evacuated as bomb squads checked the Virginia plant.
The Ports Authority says it will now no longer use commercial vehicles in their security tests, using only their trucks to make sure the devices never leave the port.