Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City Evacuated After Bomb Threat

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A bomb threat call prompted the temporary evacuation of the  I.J. & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center Tuesday morning, bringing forth an investigation by Salt Lake City Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
 
The Jewish Community Center, located at 2 N. Medical Drive, received the call of a bomb threat just before 9:30 a.m., according to Detective Greg Wilking, Salt Lake City Police Department. According to Wilking, as a precaution, the center’s 220 students and 80 staff members were sent across the street to the University of Utah Hospital for shelter.
 
“I believe they were just in class and they have protocols in place and they’ve practiced those protocols and they evacuated safely and orderly,” said Wilking.
 
Two bomb-sniffing K-9s with the Salt Lake City Airport Police Department were brought to the scene to search the facility.
 
“We have to be sure that there isn’t a threat, that there isn’t something credible here,” explained Wilking. “We don’t want to overlook something so we bring out the resources and make sure everybody is safe.”
 
After hours of investigation, Salt Lake City Police verified the threat as false.
 
ABC News confirmed a wave of bomb threats were called in Tuesday morning around the same time — affecting centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.
 

“We believe that this threat was part of the national movement that we’re having right now with several of these threats,” said Wilking. “We’re going to turn this investigation over to the FBI.”

 
The FBI released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
 
“The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and will ensure this matter is investigated in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. As this matter is ongoing, we are not able to comment further at this time.”
 
According to the JCC Association of North America, bomb threats were made to 27 Jewish community centers in 17 states on January 18. Those threats followed the first round of unfounded threats, which affected 16 centers in nine states January 9.
 
The FBI is investigating all of these threats. 

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There have been numerous reports around the nation of similar threats to other Jewish centers.

As of 12:35 p.m. Salt Lake Police say the threat at the I.J. & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center has been “verified as false”.

The FBI released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

 “The FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are investigating possible civil rights violations in connection with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and will ensure this matter is investigated in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. As this matter is ongoing, we are not able to comment further at this time.”

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- Salt Lake police are responding to the I.J. & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center after reports of a bomb threat.

Police say the center received a call saying there was a bomb in the building around around 9:30 Tuesday morning.

The building has been evacuated and the bomb squad is on scene.

ABC4 will post updates as they become available. 

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