ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Deejay Anderson's son works at FreightCar America in Roanoke.
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Anderson said he saw a report on the news. He just wanted to see his son, and make sure he was safe.
A large group of Freightcar America employees gathered outside one of the buildings, while police officers searched the property to make sure there were no additional hazards.
Anderson watched from outside the property, and said his heart slowed down when he talked with his son on the telephone.
“You think you'll hear of it in other places, but you never expect for it to happen in your own hometown, and when something like this happens it's shocking to me, because he's my youngest son,” Anderson said. “When I heard his voice, a big relief, a big relief.”
Deejay Anderson left once he knew his son was safe.
Around 10:30 a.m., many of the police officers and Freightcar America employees began to clear the property.