Bomb threats called in against Delaware police stations

For the past several weeks multiple bomb threats have been called in to numerous Delaware schools, a pair of Delaware police departments have now been threatened.

The Dover Police Department was evacuated around 5:15 Thursday night after a bomb threat was called in to the 911 center. The caller said a bomb had been planted inside the building. As the building was being emptied, Dover’s 911 call center transferred calls to the Kent County Dept. of Public Safety to ensure there was no loss of service to Dover residents who may have needed assistance.

Delaware State Police and Delaware Capitol Police K9 units helped Dover Police clear the building, making sure there was no actual bomb inside. That process was completed around 6:20 p.m. and the department resumed operations inside. They say the investigation into who made the threat is ongoing.

Just a little further north, police in Smyrna received a similar threat around the same time. The caller to Smyrna Police claimed that there was a bomb in the building and it that it would soon be detonated. The building was evacuated as K9 teams from Delaware State Police and the Dover Air Force Base Security Forces searched the building.

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After a thorough search, no credible security threat was found. Investigators are now trying to determine who made the threat.

Earlier this week, Delaware’s Congressional Delegation asked the FBI for information about how coordinated bomb threats are investigated. In the past few weeks, dozens of schools throughout Delaware have been evacuated, some multiple times. Most of the school threats have been phoned in using some type of recorded or computer-generated voice.

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