Grand Rapids Old Central School Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: December 29, 2018 10:10 PM

GRAND RAPIDS - A Grand Rapids Police Department official says the Old Central School had to be evacuated after a bomb threat on Saturday morning.

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Investigator Jeremy Nelson says that a man called Itasca County Sheriff's Dispatch around 11:39 a.m. saying he had several pipe bombs, and a long gun at the building.  

Nelson says authorities from several departments were on scene within 2 minutes and locked down the building.  They made contact with all of the occupants in the building and made sure they were safely evacuated. 

He says a thorough search was conducted, but no "suspicious devices or weapons" were located. 

"When calls like this come in we are going to treat it as a serious threat and the possibility is that it is a real threat. We're going to handle it appropriately like we did today," Nelson said. 

The building was reopened around 12:30 p.m. after police found no danger or threat to the building and the people in there.

"There were approximately nine people in the building in the different shops that were open for business at the time," Nelson said. 

No one was injured, and no arrests have been made. 

"We're going to evacuate buildings if we have to if that's what it comes to based on the credibility of the threat and we want to make sure that the citizens of the community are safe," Nelson said.

Nelson says there is no threat to the public, and the investigation into who placed the call into the sheriff's office is ongoing.

"What we'll do now is the paperwork portion of it, starting to gather phone records and try to track those back to see if we can identify who made the phone call," Nelson said. "We'll be looking into it as fully and thoroughly as we possibly can and hope to get some answers in the near future."

The Grand Rapids Police Department was assisted by the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, and MN DNR Enforcement Division.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Grand Rapids Police department at 218-326-3464


Alejandra Palacios

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