A “normal” Thursday morning turned out to be anything but normal on Thursday, October 25, when a male caller notified four businesses and one school that explosive devices were in their buildings and would detonate within 15 minutes.
“We immediately sprang into action,” Tompkinsville Elementary Principal Dr. Kirk Biggerstaff noted. “Within three minutes we had students out of our building and at two different locations to be picked up by buses for a complete site evacuation.”
Tompkinsville Elementary, along with Subway/Wal-Mart, County Attorney Wes Stephens, Sonic and McDonald’s, all received similar phone calls.
According to Kentucky State Police Public Relations Officer Jonathan Biven, all businesses and Tompkinsville Elementary School were searched with K-9 units following their complete evacuations and no explosive devices were found. The areas were “deemed safe” and everyone was allowed to return for the remainder of the day.
Investigators believe that a hoax is possible but are asking anyone with information regarding this matter to contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.