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Bomb threat evacuates Gander Mountain in MJ

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New Year's Day saw a "rare occurrence" in West Wilson County when a bomb threat was called into Gander Mountain in Mt. Juliet.

It was around 10:58 a.m., said Mt. Juliet Police Lt. Tyler Chandler.

He said both the police and fire channels were notfied by management and immediately responded to the scene.

Chandler told The Wilson Post about 10 people were in the store at the time of the threat.

"Management did a great job ensuring the store was evacuated, and they worked well with officers at the scene," he said.

Officers and K-9 units searched the store for over an hour and deemed it safe. Detectives will continue to investigate to determine the identity of the caller who made the threat.

"A bomb threat is a rare occurrence," Chandler said. "But they do happen from time to time."

The last time a bomb threat was called into Mt. Juliet was March 2016 at the Wal-Mart. It proved to be a nationwide incident as the threats were received at Wal-Mart stores across the country.

If someone is caught calling in a threat, penalties can be serious with charges from the district attorney's office.

Chandler said he had no idea why Gander was targeted for this false threat.

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at laurieeverett1@gmail.com

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