Homes evacuated after officials search for bomb in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Officials said several people were forced from their homes after federal agents used a robot to inspect possible explosives inside a Winston-Salem home.

Officials said the FBI, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Winston-Salem police searched a home at 416 Sprague Street starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Federal agents told neighbors they were going into the home to disarm a bomb and grenades.

"All hell broke loose. It looked liked something straight out of a movie," said Tammy Jackson who said she heard a boom, like a bomb going off, after 8 pm.

Authorities said a law enforcement helicopter, several fire trucks and ambulances were called to the scene.

Authorities blocked off the 400 block of Sprague Street, near the intersection of Vargrave Street and Southside Baptist Church.

The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting one person has been arrested related to the raid.

Authorities said Sprague Street was block off for about three hours during the search and the neighborhood residents have since returned home.

Tom Gallagher, who lives next to the home, said federal agents were pointing guns into the neighbor's basement.

"Around 8:20 p.m., I heard a 'boom' and then there was a shock wave. I came outside and saw people running around with black vests and large rifles," said Gallagher.

Police told him to stay away from the east side of the home.

"Police seemed to have things under control," said Gallagher.

No further details were available.
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