A fire department captain in South Carolina's capital has been dismissed for posting on social media that he would run over protesters if they were still blocking traffic when his shift ended.

News media outlets report that Capt. Jimmy Morris was fired Monday over Facebook posts about Black Lives Matter protesters.

Protesters closed an intersection near the Statehouse and prompted the closing of a section of interstate late Sunday. The protests came after blacks were killed by police in Minnesota and Louisiana.

The news reports say that in one post, Morris said the "idiots" blocking traffic "better not be there when I get off work or there is gonna be some run over dumb a----."

Morris did not respond to several messages left at telephone numbers listed with his name.