2009-06-04 / Front Page

Bomb scare brings GBI to Tignall

Suspected explosives removed; area now safe
By KIP BURKE news editor

Bomb scare brings GBI to Tignall

Suspected explosives removed; area now safe

By KIP BURKE, news editor

A GBI bomb squad expert (just left of center) suited up to set off a small charge to disarm the suspected device. 
The bomb disposal squad from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was in Wilkes County Wednesday morning after an unrelated search turned up suspected explosive material in a pickup truck in Tignall.

The suspected explosives have been removed and the area is safe.
Sheriff Mark Moore said that the discovery was made subsequent to the arrest of Tony Harris on a Federal probation warrant. Harris lived at a home on Church Street in Tignall, and while on the property deputies noticed a suspected explosive device, he said. The Wilkes County Sheriff’s office contacted the GBI, and Special Agent in Charge Gary L. Nicholson of the Thomson office came to the scene, as did three units from the GBI Bomb Squad.
Tignall Police, Tignall Fire Department, and Washington’s Rescue 2 also responded to the scene, and Church Street and several others were blocked to traffic.  
By 11:30, a bomb disposal technician had suited up and set off a small charge to disarm the suspected device, and a second technician set off a second to ensure it was safe. The device was then transported by the GBI for disposal.
The property was thoroughly searched to ensure that no other dangerous material remained on the property in the quiet Tignall neighborhood.
State and federal agents, along with county investigators, were on the scene of the disposal interviewing the owner of the truck Wednesday afternoon. “As you can see, the investigation is very active right now,” said Sheriff Moore. “But the situation in Tignall is safe now.”

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