WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH)– The Jewish Community Centers in Woodbridge and West Hartford have been evacuated Wednesday morning due to bomb threats.
Local and state police, along with bomb sniffing dogs, responded to the scene at 4 Research Parkway after the report of a bomb threat came in around 9:20 a.m. The Research Parkway office, as well as the old building where workers were repairing the damage from a fire last month, and a third office on Litchfield Turnpike, were all evacuated due to a bomb threat made by a female.
Bomb threat called in to Woodbridge JCC at its new location (fire damaged last one). Everyone evacuated dogs sniffing for explosives. pic.twitter.com/v5TCAhwGkO
— Kent Pierce (@kentpierce8) January 18, 2017
The Ezra Academy and the B’Nai Jacob Synagogue, which currently houses the JCC daycare, were also evacuated in Woodbridge.
All of them were cleared, with no devices found. The CEO in Connecticut has been in touch with other states affected.
“Last week there were sixteen of these telephonic bomb threats that came in, both live and recorded, that came in across North America and two in the U.K., and it looks like today is another case of that. I’m aware right now of at least three or four locations in the U.S., us included, that received this kind of activity today,” said Judy Diamondstein, JCC CEO.
Police say the West Hartford JCC was also evacuated at 9:30 a.m. after they received a suspicious call from a female alluding to a bomb threat. The JCC then decided to quickly evacuate several hundred people. They were given blankets in the parking lot, and ambulances and cruisers were also used to keep people warm. Police bomb technicians investigated and found the threat to be unsubstantiated so everyone was allowed back in the building at 10:30 a.m. and business resumed.
There was a heightened police presence at the JCC’s satellite preschool in Glastonbury Wednesday as a general safety precaution, but officials say it is unrelated to the bomb threats and that location did not receive a bomb threat.