Police seek information on Kingsport explosive devices

By Kathy Helms-Hughes

   Local and federal law enforcement agencies are seeking information in connection with three explosive devices which were found left on vehicles or in parking areas in the Kingsport area, according to Kingsport Police.
   The first package, found at 813 E. Sullivan St., detonated and injured a Kingsport man. Two other packages, found last Friday in the parking lot of Big Lots and on Sunday in the parking lot of Motz's Restaurant, were neutralized by bomb technicians.
   Investigators believe the three incidents are linked and officials from Kingsport Police Department, Sullivan County Sheriff's Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the FBI are working closely together to solve to solve the crimes.
   Evidence from the incidents currently is being analyzed at crime laboratories. Biological hazard was ruled out of the second package, however, investigators still are awaiting results on the third.
   Citizens are warned to use caution should they find wrapped packages left anonymously on their vehicles or in parking areas. If unable to account for the package's origin, contact your local law enforcement agency.
   Anyone with information related to the Kingsport incidents is asked to contact Kingsport Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division, 229-9429; Central Dispatch, 246-9111; Sullivan County Sheriff's Department's Criminal Investigation Division, 279-6040 or 279-7506; or Dispatch, 279-7331.
   Citizens also may contact the ATF at 1-800-283-4867 or the FBI, (423) 282-8090.