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Bomb scare over in Johnson City, man who caused it "getting help"

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Johnson City Police sent its bomb squad to investigate a possible explosive on Lamont Street.  Photo by Mike Lamia. Johnson City Police sent its bomb squad to investigate a possible explosive on Lamont Street. Photo by Mike Lamia.
JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

Update at 12:33 p.m.

The bomb scare on Lamont Street is over.

Johnson City's Bomb Squad safely contained the device and said it did, in fact, contain components of a potential bomb.  

Police told Mike Lamia the device was missing a few "key components" and, therefore, never posed a significant threat.

Police said the man who called 9-1-1 saying he had a bomb has been taken "to get help."  No charges have been filed, and the man's name has not been released.



The Johnson City Police Bomb Squad is investigating the contents of a backpack that could contain an explosive device.

The backpack is near a curb on Lamont Street between Hillcrest and Winter Streets near and University Parkway.

That section of street is closed.

At about 9 p.m. Friday, Johnson City 9-1-1 got a call from a man who said he had a bomb in a backpack and was planning on hurting himself and others.

Police at the scene told News Channel 11's Mike Lamia the man later agreed to "help them" deal with the possibly explosive device.

Police said Bomb Squad members used what they called a "disrupter" to test the contents of the backpack.  They also have x-rayed the backpack to determine its contents.

No one has been hurt, and no evacuations have taken place.

Look for updates on this developing story.

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