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The rain may have put a damper on Memorial Day weekend, but it did keep fatalities and drownings to a minimum.

Georgia State Patrol and Department of Natural Resource officers typically brace for an onslaught of traffic fatalities and drownings on Memorial Day weekend.

But DNR spokeswoman Melissa Cummings reported no drownings or boating fatalities across the state and State Patrol officers reported half the traffic fatalities expected during the three-day weekend.

"As you may expect, weather is pretty much keeping activity across the state, Lake Lanier and everywhere else, down," Cummings said. "... It’s been very, very quiet as far as any incidents go across the state."

Cummings said there was one boating under the influence charge Sunday on Lake Lanier, as well as one on Saturday. There also were three minor boating incidents and two minor injuries on Lake Lanier over the weekend, she said.

Cummings said statewide there were 12 boating under the influence charges, 10 boating incidents and seven injuries.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety estimated there would be 18 traffic fatalities during the holiday weekend, which lasted from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday.

As of Monday evening, only 11 deaths were reported, none of which were in the Gainesville area. The Georgia State Patrol reported one death in the Athens area and another in the Blue Ridge area.

Hall County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to the death of a 23-year-old man Monday afternoon in a mobile home park on Dana Circle.

Police identified the man as Shane McRoberts. Sheriff’s Sgt. Kiley Sergeant said the man had been staying with acquaintances in the mobile home park off Old Cornelia Highway and that his family lived in Florida.

Although investigators had not completed their investigation of the scene, Sergeant said evidence found at the scene led police to believe that the cause of McRoberts’ death was an overdose. He said police found a white powdery substance near McRoberts’ body.

"We’re still trying to put everything together," Sergeant said.

Friends of the man initially called police to report the him missing, because they had not seen him since Sunday morning, Sergeant said. They later found him dead behind some of the mobile homes in the park.

Another minor incident reported over the weekend included an explosive device at the carnival at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville.

Two employees of the Geren Carnival were arrested after police said they made a homemade chemical explosive device at the site of the carnival in the mall parking lot.

According to a news release, Gainesville Police officers went to the mall parking lot at 3:46 a.m. Monday after receiving a call about a suspicious item near the carnival.

Officers found a plastic two-liter bottle that contained a homemade chemical explosive device that had already detonated.

There was no damage to property, and no one was seriously injured in the incident. One employee of the carnival complained of burning to his throat and eyes, but did not require medical attention.

Two employees of the carnival — Brett Davis, 19, and Andrew Leslie, 24, both Gainesville residents — were arrested and charged with reckless conduct.

Ashley Fielding contributed to this report.