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Nashville police say truck driver threatened to blow up gas station


A semi truck driver is facing a felony charge after telling police that he planned to blow up a gas station in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday night.

Fifty-two year old truck driver James Williams was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with felony false reporting, according to WKRN.

The incident began around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday night when Nashville firefighters requested backup from Metro police at a Tiger Mart gas station location for an “unruly” suspect later identified as Williams.

As police were on the way to the gas station, Williams allegedly called dispatchers himself and threatened to “blow the place up.”

When officers arrived on scene, Williams reportedly told police again that he planned to “blow the place up” and even referenced the Christmas Day explosion that occurred in downtown Nashville: “You guys took forever to get here, just like they took forever to get downtown so I’m going to blow this place up.”

Williams told police that he was driving a semi truck parked near the gas station.

A Hazardous Materials unit and a canine unit swept the truck for explosives but found none.

Williams was taken into police custody in the early morning hours on Wednesday and held on a $75,000 bond.


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