Explosive device found at Dandridge home deemed not dangerous

Explosive device found at Dandridge home deemed not dangerous

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The owner of the home, located at 406 East Meeting Street, told 6 News he only bought the home a few weeks ago. The owner of the home, located at 406 East Meeting Street, told 6 News he only bought the home a few weeks ago.
It turned out to be an M7 A1 practice round for a bazooka, dating back to the 1940s. It turned out to be an M7 A1 practice round for a bazooka, dating back to the 1940s.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - What was initially believed to be an unexploded bomb found at a Dandridge home Thursday turned out not to be dangerous.

Dandridge police were called to the home, 406 East Meeting Street, around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Police called in bomb squad from Fort Campbell to retrieve the device and dispose of it.

Officials say it turned out to be an M7 A1 practice round for a bazooka, dating back to the 1940s.

Bill Emert, the owner of the home, told 6 News he only bought the home three weeks ago to remodel it so he could rent or sell it.

He said he had a water leak and found the bomb behind a freezer in his basement. He originally thought it was a piece of wood, but later found it was a shell casing.

"I knew then that it was something I didn't need to be handling. I didn't know what it was. It looked like a torpedo," said Emert.

It was a startling scene for those nearby.

"They found some kind of military rocket or something like that so I didn't stick around I left," said neighbor Gary Clark.

Police say neighbors and the nearby school were not evacuated.

Dandridge police weren't initially sure if it could detonate.

"That's the concern that we're letting the military deal with since it's their ordinance. They know more about it from the pictures we sent them," said Det. Lt. Kenneth Lodwick.

Emert said he never expected to find such a device in the house.

"I didn't expect to find it. I found other stuff I didn't expect to find too," he said.

Emert was able to return to his home Thursday night.
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