Lenoir City Police
officers have identified four juvenile suspects responsible for
allegedly setting off four homemade explosive devices around the
community. There names are withheld because of their ages, but
Lenoir City Detective Jonathan Sartin said they attend Lenoir
City High School. "There was no sign they were out trying to
harm anyone or anything," Sartin said.
One device was set
off at Wampler-Keith Park, two at the overlook at Fort Loudoun
Dam and one in the parking lot at Wa-Mart.
of the Wal-Mart incident helped officers identify the suspects
and quickly determine the case was most likely a teenage prank.
The explosive was set off outside the Wal-Mart in Lenoir City at
about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Lenoir City Police Chief
Don White. "It appears that this is going to be a teenage prank,
just based on how it was built and what was in it," White said
The explosive was made with common items and over-the-counter
fireworks, the packaging of which was found near the scene of
the incident, White said. The only property damage was a dent in
a shopping cart."They put it in a buggy on the far side of
Wal-Mart by the Garden Center," White said.
The video surveillance of the incident clearly showed what
happened and the two vehicles involved, he said. "They left all
the debris in the parking lot," White said. "It's a very
dangerous thing." Sartin said the Lenoir City Police Department
will file the petitions, which will be served by the Loudon
County Sheriff's Office.
Sartin said that while no one had been hurt in the explosions it
was still a dangerous thing to do. "They could hurt themselves
or someone else," he said.