THP: ‘Suspicious device’ attached to guardrail on SR 107 in Washington County turns out to be a geocache

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(UPDATE 2 p.m.) WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Tennessee Highway Patrol officials said Monday afternoon that the “suspicious device” found by a Tennessee Department of Transportation worker in Washington County turned out to be a geocache.

A geocache is a device used in high-tech treasure hunting.

In an e-mail THP officials said in part, “The device appeared to be a pipe bomb.  Johnson City PD Bomb unit responded and made the device safe.”

THP officials said they still do not know who placed the geocaching device on the guardrail located on SR 107.

The road was shut down for approximately one hour.

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(UPDATE 1:45 p.m.) WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Tennessee Department of Transportation officials say a “suspicious device” caused the road closure on SR 107 at Bailey Bridge Road in Washington County Monday.

TDOT officials told News Channel 11 it was found attached to a TDOT bridge by a worker.

They confirmed that the Tennessee Highway Patrol and 911 were called as well as a local fire department.

We now know that road has since been cleared, and traffic is moving once again on SR 107 at SR 353/Bailey Bridge Road.

Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow this developing story.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation said a Washington County, Tennessee road has reopened after a reported incident.

We are awaiting further details about the reported incident that shut down the road.

Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow this developing story.

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Traffic is being diverted after an incident on State Route 107.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, State Route 107 is closed at State Route 353 and Bailey Bridge Road in Washington County.

No details are available yet as to the nature of the incident.

The area is expected to be cleared by 1:00 p.m.

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