JCC in Vestal Evacuated After Bomb Threat
A bomb threat received by a Jewish Community Center in Broome County was one of dozens received by similar facilities across the United States around the same time.
A threat was made via a telephone call to the Jewish Community Center of Binghamton. The center is located on Clubhouse Road in Vestal.
According to Vestal police, the call came into the office at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The building was evacuated after the threat was received. The facility then was searched by town police officers and a member of the state police canine unit.
Investigators say the call was a hoax. They believe it was part of a series of nationwide threats that were first reported on January 4.
The Vestal police and the local Jewish Community Center officials had been aware of the previous hoaxes elsewhere. Steps had been taken to coordinate a response if such a threat was made at the town facility.
Around the time of the Vestal threat, dozens of other Jewish Community Centers across the country received the same call.
Vestal police say although the calls are believed to be hoaxes, standard procedures are followed to ensure everyone's safety.
Detectives say nothing suspicious was discovered during the search of the Clubhouse Road building. The search detail was completed around 1 p.m.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been working with local police agencies to determine who is responsible for the series of threats.
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