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Georgia man arrested for threatening to blow up Dominion Energy solar site

Deputies: 'Public was never in any danger'
Posted at 3:18 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 23:24:13-05

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. -- A Georgia man has been arrested for threatening to blow up a Dominion Energy solar project construction site in Louisa County.

According to Louisa County Sheriff's Office, several threats were received by contract workers at the Waldrop Church Road site between Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 8.

“These threats were taken very seriously, our detectives did a great job of developing a person of interest, sifting through the evidence and quickly obtaining warrants,” Sheriff Donald Lowe. “LCSO Officers were utilized to secure the site during this incident, insuring the public was never in any danger.”

Eric Hardy Sr.

Eric Hardy Sr., 39, of Americus, Georgia, was arrested in connection with the incidents, facing four charges of threats to bomb or destroy and six charges threats of death or bodily injury.

He is currently being held at Sumter County Jail awaiting extradition to Virginia.

Dominion Energy officials thanked deputies for their work on the case.

“We appreciate the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office work to ensure the safety of our crews and facility,” Dominion Energy Director of Construction Projects Ruth Prideaux said.

This incident remains under investigation and anyone with any information is asked to call the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office at 540-967-1234, or anonymously to the Louisa County Crime Solvers at 800-346-1466.