I'm curious if the FBI locking down the Pilot HQ in Knoxville is in any way related?—
Dave (@TheManCalledX) April 15, 2013
Does the FBI know something we don't? They're storming Jimmy Haslem's Pilot Flying J HQ.—
Zach Pfeil (@TheLastAkronite) April 15, 2013
As horrific reports and photos continue to stream in from the Boston Marathon and FBI/Department of Homeland Security personnel mobilize on scene, some Twitter users are pointing to a separate news item out of Knoxville, TN.
What's going on? An explosion at the Boston Marathon finish line and the FBI has the Pilot/Flying J HQ in Knoxville on lockdown.—
Michael Moats (@MichaelRMoats) April 15, 2013
The FBI has Pilot Flying headquarters on lockdown Monday afternoon.
Neither the FBI or a Pilot spokesman was immediately available for comment.
Media were barred from the Pilot campus and the entrance was blocked. Pilot employees were be escorting off the corporate campus on Lonas Road.
Knoxville-based Pilot is the operator of the largest travel center network in North America.
More details will be available online as the story develops.
So apparently the FBI and IRS have taken over Pilot HQ and sent all employees home. This directly from Pilot employee that was sent home.WTH—
Brian Carter (@bcartervol98) April 15, 2013
Twitchy will update with any new developments.