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Explosive mixtures rendered neutral
McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton

Explosive components were rendered safe Friday night in McMinnville when experts from around the region were called and were able to neutralize the threat.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded, along with the Chattanooga Bomb Squad.

McMinnville Police Department and Warren County Sheriff’s Department provided support.

“We were there to provide assistance and to block off the area,” said Police Chief Bryan Denton. “The ATF had the lead on this one.”

Based on information provided, a local resident became aware of explosive components between Mullican and Hobson streets in the area of Cotten’s Mini Warehouses. That person contacted law enforcement.

The explosive experts arrived around 7 p.m. Friday night and they came in contact with the components, which are believed to have been actual explosive materials. They were able to handle the situation without injury.

“McMinnville Police Department wants to remind our citizens that this was an isolated case and no one was in danger,” said Denton. “McMinnville Police Department, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Chattanooga Bomb Squad, and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office have a great relationship with the public and appreciate all the information they receive in keeping our communities safe.”