FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — A gas station was closed and several streets were shut down in Franklin Wednesday morning due to a bomb threat and an abandoned backpack, according to police.
The Franklin Police Department announced the closure of the Twice Daily Shell in the 5000 block of Carothers Parkway, along with the surrounding roads, on social media just after 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
Officials said first responders had been dispatched to the area around 10 a.m. after a concerned customer saw a woman leave a backpack at the pumps and drive away.
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“Initial information provided to responding officers was that a gas station employee reported a customer came in and told them about the abandoned backpack,” police said. “Dispatchers advised officers that another person then called in, saying they thought it could be a bomb.”
Emergency responders reportedly launched safety protocols, evacuating and isolating the area until further determinations could be made.
According to authorities, Carothers Parkway was blocked in both directions between Liberty Pike and McEwen Drive. Southstar Drive was also shut down.
Then, shortly after 11:30 a.m., officials said Tennessee Highway Patrol’s bomb squad determined there was no threat, adding that the backpack only contained a few pairs of shoes. As a result, the gas station, nearby businesses, and the surrounding streets are returning to normal.
Franklin police said they “appreciate the community’s patience and cooperation while they and responders from several agencies worked to quickly evaluate and mitigate any potential danger to the public.”
No additional details have been released about this incident.
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