Penn State seeks to identify caller who made bomb threat

lfalce@centredaily.comApril 28, 2014 


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— Penn State is still investigating a bomb threat made over the weekend, but it is not looking for a bomb.

“Apparently, it was not a credible threat, and given the specifics of the threat ... it was questionable — but we investigate all threats of this nature. I believe the police are no longer on high alert, but remain vigilant,” said university spokeswoman Lisa Powers.

The threat was called in Saturday, according to university police.

“The caller said there were explosive devices in every building on campus, and that there was a suicide bomber at 9th Avenue and 7th Street. There is no such intersection on or near the University Park campus,” a release said.

Chief Tyrone Parham said his office is continuing to investigate the threat, and is determined to identify the caller.

“We’ve been working on it since it came in,” said Parham. “We have no new information at this time.”

The bomb threat is the latest in a rash of unfounded threats in the area. Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School had two in two days two weeks ago, followed by another at P-O’s middle school. The middle school threat-maker was identified, arrested and detained in Clearfield County.

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