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