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UPDATE: DUI stop leads to bomb threat in Cohutta

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WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

A bomb threat off Cleveland Highway in Cohutta forced the evacuation of surrounding residents Thursday evening.

The threat was discovered during a traffic stop near the intersection of Nob North Drive and Cleveland Highway around 4:00 p.m.

The Varnell Police Department said it all began when officers stopped a driver on Cleveland Highway. The suspect turned onto Nob North Drive for the stop.

Police said the driver was suspected of being under the influence of drugs. While searching the driver's vehicle, police said they found homemade explosive devices.

The GBI Bomb Squad was called to the scene and residents within 1,000 yards of the area were evacuated.

A witness who lives on Marla Drive told Channel 3, she was evacuated from her home around 5:00 p.m.

A small portion of Nob North Drive was closed to traffic until the situation was deemed safe.

A portion of Cleveland Highway was also closed.

Authorities were able to remove the explosives and allow residents to return home.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.

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