Businesses and residents respond after explosive device found in Tahlequah


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 5/10/2013 9:14 am Published: 5/09/2013 9:29 pm


Several businesses in Tahlequah were evacuated on Thursday as an added precaution following the threat of an explosive device near AmeriGas propane in Tahlequah.

Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King told FOX23 that a mile-long stretch of road was blocked off from Willis Road to Highway 62 for three hours.

King said that some of the businesses behind the barricade were also affected by the investigation.
"They were evacuated for logistical and safety reasons," said King.

Juanita McDaniels works the second shift at Del Rancho restaurant. She said that she was apprehensive to drive into the area following the investigation.

"It was really unexpected and didn't think anything like this would happen in small town Tahlequah," said McDaniels.

She told FOX23 that she came into work after the restaurant was given the go-ahead from police that the area was safe.
"They evacuated at noon and we re-opened at five o'clock so that the night crew could come back into work," she said.

Alec Smith is a clerk at a local convenience store. He said that he fielded questions from concerned customers throughout the day even after the scene was deemed safe and secure by police officers.

"They were kind of frustrated, kind of shocked and surprised that something like that would happen here," said Smith.
McDaniels says that she is grateful that she had a safe drive home.

"I'm glad that no one was hurt and everyone was OK."


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