Bomb threat evacuates college

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About 500 students and staff were evacuated after a bomb threat at the Front Range Community College campus in Westminster at 1:20 p.m. on June 20,

After a thorough search from the bomb squad and K9 teams, no suspicious or explosive devices were found.

Westminster police were called to the college at 3645 West 112th Ave. after a student found a written bomb threat in one of the women’s bathrooms.

An automated phone notification to students and staff was sent by FRCC staff alerting them about the threat and the evacuation.

Westminster investigator Trevor Materasso said the notification also prompted Everest College in Thornton to be evacuated as Thornton officers checked the campus.

“K9 teams from the Westminster Police Department, Arvada Police Department, Golden Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff, and the Denver Sheriff’s Office were used to search Front Range Community College,” Materasso said. “Dogs alerted to a particular area inside the school. As a precaution the bomb squad from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office was requested to assist.”

The surrounding area of the campus was also searched and Materasso said police are confident there were no explosives in the building. Classes returned to their regular schedule on June 21.

Police will continue to work with campus security to investigate who may have written the threat. 

Anyone with information can call the Westminster police at 303-658-4360 or provide tips anonymously and receive up to a $2,000 reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or text DMCS plus the message to 274637. 

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