Scene declared safe at Tazewell Co. road after explosives found at home, evacuees returned to homes

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RICHLANDS, Va. (WJHL/WVNS) – UPDATE – 7:08 a.m. Friday – The scene has been declared safe on Holy Road in Tazewell County after explosives were discovered both inside and outside a home.

According to a post from the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, the scene was declared safe as of 7:08 a.m. Friday.

Evidence will still be collected from the scene while the investigation is ongoing, but all evacuated residents have been allowed to return home.

No additional road closures or evacuations are expected by the sheriff’s office.

The case has been transferred to the U.S. Attorney and FBI Field Offices based out of Abingdon, according to the post.

UPDATE 12:15 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2020: An investigation into explosives at a home near Richlands began on Tuesday, June 2. That is according to investigators with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said a man with extensive wounds went to the hospital claiming he was in a lawnmower accident. Doctors were able to determine the injuries were actually from explosives. That led law enforcement officers to a home on Holy Road.

Officers and agents from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and state troopers have been on the scene for nearly 40 hours. Explosives were still being removed from the home at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. Deputies said it appears the explosives were being made in the home.

Holy Road remains closed. Deputies will block off the road and close down the nearby railroad when they are ready to take the explosives to a safe location.

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Multiple agencies are investigating after explosive and combustible materials were found inside and outside of a home in Tazewell County.

According to a release from the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, deputies are working with the Virginia State Police and the FBI to investigate the incident that happened on Holy Road just outside of Richlands.

The release says residents of the are may see large groups of law enforcement and could see traffic delays and power outages.

Other immediate areas like Jewell Ridge Road could be affected by this as well, according to the release.

TCSO says some residents may be asked to leave their homes for a period time as a safety precaution, but they will most likely be able to return later Thursday or Friday.

The investigation is expected to be conducted in the area until at least the start of the weekend.

Anyone with concerns is asked to call the 911 Center at 276-988-0902.

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