Man arrested for threatening to bomb Darlington Raceway

A South Carolina man has been arrested after an investigation into threatening messages left at Darlington Raceway,

Michael Avin has been charged with possession, threatened or attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction for act of terrorism, not resulting in death, according to the Darlington Sheriff's Office. As of Wednesday, he was awaiting a bond hearing and being held in custody while the case remains open. 

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Authorities allege Avin left messages "describing a possible explosive device" at Darlington on April 27, per the arrest warrant. Avin also allegedly indicated in a letter addressed to a different Darlington County location that he had access to 125 tons of bomb-making materials. 

Darlington Raceway and NASCAR declined comment to the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday. 

On hiatus since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, NASCAR is planning to resume its season Saturday at Darlington, followed by another race at the track Wednesday.  There will be no fans in the grandstand.

The NASCAR Cup Series will go back to work on May 17 with an event at Darlington Raceway. (Photo: Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports)

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