The incident, which transpired around 9:30 a.m., stirred considerable anxiety among the community, as reports of a suspicious device attached to a vehicle started circulating. The response from the authorities was swift and sizable, encompassing local, state, and federal agencies. Roads, including a major intersection, were cordoned off, businesses around the vicinity were evacuated, and several schools entered into lockdown mode.
This is why you don’t pull a gun on someone towing your car.
Leslie Huggins, one of the evacuees, relayed her experience to Nexstar’s WKRN, stating officials informed them of a bomb threat and ushered them out of their premises without delay. The urgency of the situation could be felt with every passing moment.
However, the climax of this tense episode was rather unexpected. After a thorough inspection, the Murfreesboro police determined that the object of concern was not a bomb but a makeshift rubber bumper. Ingeniously or ill-advisedly, it was fixed onto the car’s passenger side with duct tape, wires, and a suction cup attached to the interior door handle. The rationale behind this? The car owner sought a way to deter potential dents.
Larry Flowers, Murfreesboro's public safety spokesperson, highlighted the irony of the situation, noting the extensive mobilization of resources for what was essentially a protective measure for the vehicle. Remarkably, the owner of the said car was present across the street during the investigations, unwittingly amidst the evacuees. It was only when he picked up a call from the officials that he realized his car was at the epicenter of the commotion.
Concluding the ordeal, the authorities confirmed that since the car owner had no malevolent intentions, he wouldn't face any charges.