Two arrested after pipe bombs, handguns found in car at Pilot gas station

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Two people have been arrested after three pipe bombs and two handguns were found in their car at a  Pilot gas station in Sevierville. 

27-year old Zachary Cushman and 42-year old Kenneth Barnett, both of Sevierville, were later charged with possession of prohibited weapons and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.

Cushman was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Barnett was also charged with a window tint violation. Both were subsequently transported to the Sevier County jail for booking.

Sevierville Police Officers stopped the Dodge Neon initially for an apparent window tint violation. The traffic stop took place at the Pilot gas station at the corner of Highway 66 and Boyds Creek Highway. 

During the traffic stop, officers found three functioning pipe bombs and two handguns. 

After the apparent pipe bombs were discovered during the traffic stop, officers evacuated the Pilot gas station and closed a section of Boyds Creek Highway. 

“The items are removed via robot. That thing is controlled remotely from the trailer you see behind me. There’s a camera so the technician that operates that equipment can see what they’re doing and remove the items that are in question,” said Captain Sam Hinson with the Sevierville Police Department. 

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