JCPD: Item found on Tweetsie Trail not an explosive, trail reopened

According to JCPD news release, the bomb squad concluded that the item was a geocaching box used in a GPS outdoor activity.


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The Johnson City Police Department said the Tweetsie Trail was reopened Friday afternoon following an investigation into a suspicious item found near the Rich Acres area of the trail.

The police department’s bomb squad responded to the scene to investigate around 11 a.m.

JCPD Maj. Debbie Botelho said officers located a tube wrapped in camouflage tape and decided to close both ends of the trail to isolate the area where the item was found.


Officers asked people in the area to remain in their homes until they could ensure it was safe.

Crews on-scene took an x-ray and inspected the item before they decided to explode the cap from one end to be able to see inside.

Botelho said it was later determined that the item was not an explosive.

According to JCPD news release, the bomb squad concluded that the item was a geocaching box used in a GPS outdoor activity.

Officers swept the length of the trail within the city limits with K-9 officers before clearing the scene and reopening the trail.

“The department’s response was a team effort involving police specialized and patrol units, public works closing the trailhead and Elizabethton Police closing the trail at the city limit there,” Botelho said. “This response also points out the need for concerned citizens to be aware of their surroundings and report anything unusual. Public safety is a partnership and we all have to work together to make our community as safe as it can be.”

On Thursday, the Elizabethton Police Department and the Johnson City Bomb Squad responded to a scene in Elizabethton after an object was found on the ground near the crossing of the Tweetsie Trail at the intersection of North Watauga Avenue and Railroad Street.

The device reportedly had a portion of a metal pipe with components consistent with being an improvised explosive.


Anyone with information is asked to call the Elizabethton Police Department at 542-7574.

See also:  Police: Explosive device found near Tweetsie Trail crossing in Elizabethton

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