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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Police in northern Virginia say someone set of fireworks in an elevator and left sheets of paper with the word "bomb" at a building that includes an abortion clinic.

Falls Church police say they were called to the building on two separate occasions on Thursday. In the morning, people reported smoke and an explosion, and investigators found exploded fireworks in an elevator. No one was injured and people were allowed back in the building.

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A bomb threat was called into the Target store in Brandywine Hundred yesterday afternoon.

The call was made around 1:30 p.m. which claimed that a bomb was inside the store.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the caller demanded an unknown amount of cash or the device would be detonated.

The paper reports that the store was evacuated but authorities found nothing suspicious.

The store was reopened at 4 p.m.

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Crisfield High School and Academy will be open today after a bomb threat shutdown the facility yesterday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that county school officials said a phone call was received around 10 a.m. yesterday morning.

The Crisfield police searched the building for around two hours.

During that time the students were sent to sit on the bleachers.

Eventually parents were told to pick them up.

Crisfield High School and Academy has been evacuated after receiving a bomb threat.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Somerset County Public Schools got a phone call around 10 a.m. after which students were gathered on the bleachers while police searched the facility.

In the 11 o'clock hour parents were notified that they should pick up their children.

The Crisfield police are investigating the incident and authorities say an announcement will be made later today when the school will be reopened. 

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This week the Seigel Jewish Community Center in Wilmington was evacuated after it received a bomb threat that was part of a nationwide set of threats on Jewish sites.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the call came in just before noon on Monday and that the threat was just one of at least 15 in 9 states.

A search was conducted of the facility that also included the Jewish Federation of Delaware, the K-5 Albert Einstein Academy and Jewish Family Services of Delaware.

No explosives were found at the Wilmington facility or other sites.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Milltown-area high school was evacuated after authorities say a bomb threat was found written inside a restroom.

The Wilmington News Journal Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale says the written threated was discovered on a wall of a second-floor bathroom at St. Mark's High School on Thursday morning.

Hale says the threat advised there were several bombs inside the building.

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Two high school students have been arrested in a bomb threat made against Smyrna High School.

An employee reported an email that said there were bombs inside the school and in vehicles in the parking lot.

The facility was evacuated on Monday as local authorities searched the grounds but found no devices.

Corporal Brian Donner with the Smyrna Police Department said that the incident involved a 14 year old boy and 15 year old girl.

WBOC says they have been charged with felony terroristic threat and conspiracy.

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A bomb threat forced the evacuation of Smyrna High School yesterday.

Students boarded buses to go home while staff and those students who do not use the bus were sent to the middle school.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that police search the buildings and found no threat allowing the facility to be deemed safe.

The bomb threat forced the closure of Duck Creek Parkway that stretches from the high school to the middle school.


A 13-year old has been charged in the bomb threats made against Laurel Middle and Laurel High schools.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Laurel Police were able to track down the phone call and took the suspect into custody while the evacuation was taking place.

The bomb threat this week is just one of a series that have hit the public school systems in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The Daily Times reports that the male suspect in juvenile court and allowed to stay with his grandmother.


With the recent bomb threats in the region, Delegate Mary Beth Carozza has offered up a measure that would make it easier to prosecute offenders.

The bill would allow law enforcement to charge someone who makes a bomb threat to be prosecuted in the county, in which it occurs – even if the person lives in another state.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby and the Worcester County Sheriff’s office.

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The FBI has been brought into the bomb threats against the region’s schools with three more made in Delaware yesterday.

WBOC reports those were Long Neck Elementary School, Woodbridge High School and Silverlake Elementary School.

The calls came in at around 9:30 a.m. accompanied by a computer generated voice.

Meanwhile, the FBI in Baltimore has formed a Bomb Threat Task Force to track down those responsible for the threats.

In addition, the Worcester County Public Schools reported that Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin also got a bomb threat call.

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There is a suspect in the bomb threat phoned into Stephen Decatur High School this week.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it is a student who is charged with the threat of arson and disturbing school activities and personnel.

He is being charged as a juvenile.

On Wednesday a bomb threat was phoned in causing the high school to be evacuated.

The student was taken into custody yesterday and sent to the Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center in Salisbury. 

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There was another bomb threat yesterday.

This time at Stephen Decatur High School.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Worcester County school district officials said the high school got a live call at around 9:30 a.m.

The school’s 13-hundred students were quickly evacuated.

Law enforcement officials found no explosives and the students went back to class at around 11:25 a.m.

Meanwhile, there was a rumor of a bomb threat at Richard A. Shields Elementary School.

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A bomb forced the evacuation of the Indian River High School as police descend on the facility to investigate multiple threats made against Delaware schools.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Delaware State Police arrived at the school after bomb threats made against the high school and Seaford Middle School just before 10 a.m.

As of late this morning searches were being conducted by state police.

The paper also reports there were similar threats made against Caesar Rodney High School which also evacuated students for around 45 minutes.

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26-year old Maximino Melendez has been detained by the security at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on August 20th for a bomb threat against a campus construction site in July.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that UMES police found out Melendez worked on the construction site as a laborer.

He was provided by the Salisbury office of Labor Ready a temporary employment agency.

On July 6th a bomb threat was called in to the Somerset County emergency services claiming there was an explosive device near or on the UMES campus.

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A bomb threat has forced the evacuation of the campus of the University of the Maryland Eastern Shore this morning.

The UMES Campus Police Chief says he learned about the threat at around 10 a.m.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was aimed at a building now under construction.

There were more than 150 on the work crew at the time.

No students were on campus today but some of the faculty members and researchers were present.

Traffic around the school on College Backbone Road, John Wilson Drive and UMES Boulevard has been diverted.

In Ocean Pines police have charged a 13 year old with making a bomb threat and trying to construct a device.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that on September 7th police got tipped of about a suspected explosive device.

They said the threat appeared in text messages and on social media from teenagers including a picture of suspected bomb.

The suspect was identified and a search of his home uncovered a hoax device that would not be exploded.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has reopened a dorm at its campus in Newark after authorities found the area clear of any suspicious activity following a bomb threat.

University spokeswoman Andrea Boyle said in an email that police had concluded their search as of 11:30 p.m. and that the halls are open.

Boyle said earlier Monday that the school's 911 center had received an anonymous bomb threat. The school sent out an alert around 8 p.m. saying there had been a report of suspicious activity at the Dickinson Complex and asking people to avoid the area.

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40-year old David Detwiler from Seaford has been arrested for making a bomb threat at the Delaware Technical and Community college Owens Campus in Georgetown last week.

Police say, they acted on a tip from a probation and parole office.

WBOC reports that he has been previously charged with making bomb threats.

He has been charged with making terrorist threats which is a felony and has been sent to the Sussex Correctional Institute.  

On June 24th Delaware Tech received a bomb threat around 3 p.m. which resulted in the evacuation of the campus.

The Wicomico County District Court is has reopened after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Wicomico County District Court this morning.

As of 10:30 a.m.police declared the building is safe.

Emergency officials say that the Baptist Street and neighboring roads had been closed to motorists.

The court bailiff told the Salisbury Daily Times that all court cases set for this morning were canceled.

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More details are emerging from the bomb threat that shutdown the Centre at Salisbury mall on Friday beginning around 10:30 a.m.  

Authorities say the caller who made the bomb threat was a man with a Middle Eastern Accent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that police say the cell phone that was used was activated shortly before the threat was received by the Sussex County 911 Center and then immediately turned off.

After an eight hour search police found no evidence of an explosive device.

Authorities say the Center at Salisbury mall has been evacuated because of a bomb threat.

WBOC reports that Salisbury Police say a command post has been set up in the parking lot of the Gander Mountain store across the street.

Customers were ushered to the parking lot of the Sears automotive center.

There was a bomb threat last night at Kent General Hospital in Delaware.

Radio Station WDEL the switchboard got the phone call around 6 p.m.

The hospital notified the Dover police and fire departments and nearby emergency responders, including state police.

There was a floor to floor search to make sure the patients, visitors, employees and physicians were safe.