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Tennessee man’s car ‘rubber bumper’ causes false alarm ‘bomb threat’

A Tennessee man’s DIY rubber bumper triggered a false bomb threat, shutting down a local business and putting a nearby school on lockdown for several hours.

Murfreesboro police were called to the First Watch restaurant Tuesday morning for a “bomb” in a car in the parking lot of the Healthy Cafe.

When officers arrived, they found two pieces of white cloth duct-taped to the passenger side of the gray sedan and wire extending around the front door handle.

“All stores within the shopping plaza were evacuated for nearly two hours as a precaution,” the Murfreesboro Police Department said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“They told us there was a bomb threat and basically yelled at us to get out of the building.” Leslie Huggins told WKRN.

Several schools in Rutherford County, 8 miles from the scene, were placed on lockdown after investigators ran an address associated with the car’s license plate.

A police supervisor then contacted the owner of the car, who was standing on the other side of the road with other evacuees, unaware that the car was causing a large-scale emergency response.

When officers arrived, they found two pieces of white cloth duct-taped to the passenger side of the gray sedan and wire extending around the front door handle.
Murfreesboro Police Department
A police supervisor then contacted the owner of the car, who was standing on the other side of the road with other evacuees, unaware that the car was causing a large-scale emergency response.
Murfreesboro Police Department

The owner admitted that the “bomb” was an attempt to install a “rubber bumper” with suction cups on the passenger side door to prevent dents while parking.

Larry Flowers, public information officer for the Murfreesboro Police and Fire Department, told news outlets at the scene: “There was a large response to the area and it was determined that the man was trying to save his car from being dented. I did,” he said. .

The school lockdown was lifted after the Tennessee Highway Special Operations Unit issued a “total clearance,” law enforcement officials announced just before 1 p.m.

Police said no charges were filed against the car’s owner, saying there was “no intent to cause harm.”

The school lockdown was lifted after the Tennessee Highway Special Operations Unit issued a “total clearance,” law enforcement officials announced just before 1 p.m.
WKRN
Police closed off the intersection in front of the shopping plaza as schools were put on lockdown and local businesses evacuated.
Murfreesboro Police Department

Earlier this month, an international flight to Florida was diverted after a passenger mistook an adult diaper in a black plastic bag for a bomb.

A Copa Airlines flight from Panama City to Tampa was returned to Panama’s Tocumen International Airport after “suspicious luggage” was found in the cabin bathroom.

All 144 passengers were removed from the plane to allow explosive ordnance disposal teams to search the plane. The plane took off five hours after its initial takeoff.

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