The Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office responded to a renter’s emergency call about a possible burglary at a home on Mountain Road just after 7:30 Thursday night. Upon arrival, the owner of the residence told the first responding officer that he found what he believed to be explosive materials in the home.
The officer then notified Emergency Management Homeland Security and the Knox County Special Response Team (KCSRT).
Upon investigation of the home and nearby out-buildings, it was determined that there were components on the property intended for an explosive device. The KCSRT along with the FBI utilized robots to recover the materials.
A counter charge was then put into place and the materials were destroyed without incident.
As per protocol, the Claiborne County EMS, Lifestar and South Claiborne Fire Department were all placed on standby during the destruction of the materials.
Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office closed Mountain Road to through traffic for a short period of time due to the close proximity of the scene to the roadway.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms took the investigation over Friday morning.
The Middlesboro Daily News will provide updated information to this story as it becomes available.