Neighboring authorities deploy explosive detection K-9 unit to aid in bomb threat

The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office deployed their explosive detection K-9 unit(s) earlier in the week to help investigate a bomb threat.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), a 41-year-old-man abandoned his vehicle and started walking south on Interstate 85. When authorities approached the man wearing a backpack, he told officers, “there might be a bomb in my Jeep.”

Multiple law enforcememnt and public safety agencies arrived at the scene in the area of mile marker 166 (Ga. 106) in Carnesville – Lavonia Police Department redirecting traffic, Franklin County deputies, Franklin County 9-1-1 operators, Franklin County Emergency Medical Services, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office bomb detection K-9, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance officers, GBI bomb agents, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and GDOT Champs workers.

Responding officers questioned the man about how he knew that there was a bomb in his vehicle, to which he responded, “they told me so.”

Authorities shut down I-85 for more than two hours while the GBI questioned the man, before learning that he had a serious “brain injury.”

The unnamed POI was released into his father’s custody and is currently awaiting confirmation of medical information before any formal charges are taken against him.