Bomb Threat Closes PVCC

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

October 9, 2006

It all began just before 7 p.m. when an anonymous caller from Charlottesville City called the Emergency Communications Center claiming there was a bomb somewhere on the campus of Piedmont Virginia Community College.

"We received an unspecified threat from an anonymous caller that there was potentially a bomb at PVCC. We arrived on location and assisted PVCC with the evacuation of the department," said Cpl. Dana Robinson.

Officers and K9 Units from both Albemarle County and Virginia State Police responded and forced students and staff to evacuate the two buildings and numerous trailers on site. Classes for the evening were canceled. With all of the school violence around the country, County Police say they need to respond to incidents like these aggressively.

"You have got to take things as serious. Any information that anyone happens to overhear about a threat, we need to know that to respond appropriately," said Cpl. Robinson.

The situation took about 3 hours to clear but nothing was found that was deemed suspicious. As far as the caller, police believe it came from Charlottesville City but at this point no one is in custody.

Classes will resume on a normal schedule Tuesday.

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