Bomb threat evacuates at least 40 homes near Hwy. 411 in Greenback
GREENBACK (WATE) - Two seemingly unrelated incidents had residents in Greenback on edge Saturday evening.

The first incident, a fire at WYKO Tire Industries at 6435 Highway 411 South, forced officials to evacuate nearby residents. A 6 News viewer said officials told him there was a threat of explosion due to chemicals stored for use at WYKO. 

The second incident, a bomb threat at nearby Viper Customs 5820 US Highway 411 South, was cause for officials to evacuate about 40 homes near Old Niles Fairy Road in Maryville. 

Officials with Blount County say Highway 411 South was closed around 6:30 p.m. Saturday while the bomb threat was investigated. The Knoxville Bomb Squad was placed on standby in case a bomb was found. 

The Red Cross has set up a shelter for those evacuated at Springview Church at 4220 US Highway 411 South in Maryville.

Bomb threat cleared after forcing evacuation, road closure

News Sentinel staff
A Knox County Sheriff’s Office bomb dog found no sign of a bomb at a Greenback business; and all residents evacuated after a 5:15 p.m. bomb threat are being allowed back home while U.S. 411 South — closed because of the threat — is reopened, officials said.

According to Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Marian O’Briant, residents from the 40 or so homes that were ordered evacuated were notified they could go home at 9:20 p.m.

Less than an hour earlier, the Red Cross had set up a shelter at Springview Baptist Church near Maryville, officials said.

The threat was directed at Viper Customs, a boat detailing and repair business, at 5820 U.S. 411, according to Blount County E-911 dispatchers said.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Martha Dooley confirmed that KCSO had sent a bomb-sniffing dog to the scene.

Greenback Fire Department was the primary responder and they were assisted by personnel from Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Blount County Fire Department, Rural/Metro and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Update: Greenback firefighters extinguish blaze at Wyco plant

News Sentinel staff

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a Greenback business late Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Greenback Volunteer Fire Department personnel at 6:30 p.m. left the Wyko Tire Technology plant at 6435 U.S. 411 South, according to Loudon County E-911 dispatchers.

No injuries were reported in the 5:03 p.m. fire, officials said.

Dispatchers said one caller talked of hearing an explosion and then saw a building on fire at the business.

Greenback Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze. Personnel also were responding to a 5:15 p.m. bomb threat just down the road at the Viper Customs at 4820 U.S. 411 South.