Bomb threats are being reported at 16 Jewish centers in nine US states. Several Jewish community centers have been evacuated after receiving near-simultaneous bomb threats, according to local reports.
Around 200 preschool children were in the middle of a swimming program at Mandell JCC in West Harford, Connecticut when the threat was made on Wednesday morning, leading to an evacuation.
Police allowed people back into the building after conducting a search and determined the threat was not credible.
A similar threat was made at the JCC of Greater New Haven made by a woman caller, who said a bomb was in the building, a senior staff member told WNBC.
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#BREAKING : Bomb threat at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. Building being evacuated. Surrounding areas on lockdown as precaution.
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Nashville’s Jewish community center was also evacuated and later given the all clear, according the Tennessean.
Threats have also been reported at Jewish centers in Florida including Palm Beach and Miami.
In California’s Marin County, police investigated a bomb threat at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. The center was evacuated and surrounding areas were on lockdown, according to police officials.
KRON reported the initial threat came at 8:45 am and Marin County sheriff’s deputies are trying to identify the origin of the call.
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In Albany, New York, The Jewish Community Center reopened Wednesday afternoon after the facility was closed following a bomb threat.
Albany police told reporters bomb-sniffing dogs swept through the Albany JCC and found no device or evidence after the bomb threat made in the morning.
“We can’t let people who want to create fear rule our lives,” the JCC’s executive director, Adam Chaskin, told the Albany Times Union as the center reopened.
In this instance police said a woman called the JCC at 9:40 am and said there was a bomb in the building.
Staff, members and children at the daycare were evacuated immediately, police said.